Scripture Reference: Genesis 29
A lesson in perseverance.
OZZIE – a mischievous little monster
MR. MATT – the teacher who sets him straight
(OZZIE enters while MR. MATT is on stage.)
OZZIE: (appears and screams) AAAAHH!!! (disappears with a thud)
MR. MATT: Ozzie?!? Are you all right?
OZZIE: (reappearing, says weakly) Ooooh. I can't take it any more.
MR. MATT: You can't take what any more?
OZZIE: (building momentum) There is this bully at school name Alfonso Pasquale, and he keeps picking on me. Every time he sees me he says I look like a big fuzzy lime or he honks my nose. He makes fun of the way I talk, and he says I act all crazy. Do I act all crazy, Mr. Matt?
MR. MATT: Well… So what have you been doing about it?
OZZIE: I've tried being nice to him. I've tried ignoring him. I've tried telling on him. I've tried everything, and nothing helps. What's a cute little green monster suppose to do?
MR. MATT: Have you prayed?
OZZIE: What a good idea. I could pray that he falls into a really deep hole…
MR. MATT: No…
OZZIE: Or that he turns pink with orange polka dots…
MR. MATT: No, Ozzie. Don't pray that bad things will happen to the poor fellow.
OZZIE: I should pray for good things to happen to him?
MR. MATT: You could, but I was thinking you cold pray to God for perseverance.
OZZIE: I love peach perseverance, especially on a toasted English muffin, but how will that help?
MR. MATT: That's preservers. Perseverance is when we keep trying even when things get tough. When it is no longer humanly – or monsterly – possible to continue in our own strength, we can pray to God to be our strength.
OZZIE: It's like God and I are double-teaming Alfonso Pasquale.
MR. MATT: Right. You don’t have to face him alone.
OZZIE: What a great idea. I'm going to pray now for perseverance.
MR. MATT: Good for you.
OZZIE: And a toasted English muffin. (disappears)
MR. MATT: Ozzie!