The Choices We Make

The Choices We Make
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Skit for teens and adults  (Apprx. 11-12 mins)

THEMES: Choices, Purpose, Destiny, Rebellious Child, Recovering from Poor Decisions, Life Lessons.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:  

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 3:35  The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Proverbs 10:1  The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

TIME: 11 minutes

GENRE: Drama

SUGGESTED USE(s): Great as a sermon enhancer, worship service or youth service when teaching on purpose, choices, destiny. Can be used as a conversation starter for a Bible class, or destiny conference.

SYNOPSIS: Melanie, a seventeen year-old, is starting to feel that she is an adult now and knows more than her parents. Her disobedience has gotten her in trouble.  However, her father Edward is reminded that he too made choices as a teen that set him on the opposite path of his purpose until God put a supervisor in his life that provoked Edward into his purpose. Edward shares with his daughter that the decisions we make today affect our tomorrows.

SETTING: Dining Room. Edward, Vicki, Grandma, and Melanie are seated at the table. It is family night and the family has just completed dinner.

PROPS: Dining room table, chairs, dishes, pie, knife, (make it look like a dining room—improvise if needed).

COSTUMES: All characters are dressed casually.

Characters:

VICKI – Edward’s wife, Melanie’s mother, and Grandma’s daughter-in-law.

GRANDMA:  She is a widow and Edward’s mother.

MELANIE:  Seventeen year-old daughter of Edward and Vicki.  She is going through a rebellious stage.

EDWARD: Vicki’s husband, Melanie’s father and Grandma’s son. His life lessons help his daughter to see her father as one who overcame bad choices to become a successful businessman and loving father


EXCERPTS ONLY --- Copyrighted Material

GRANDMA:  Melanie, you sure have been unusually quiet tonight. Is everything alright?

MELANIE:  (her arms are folded) Yes, Maam.  (looking up at Vicki) Mom, since we’re finished eating can I go to my room now?

VICKI:  No, you may not. This is family night. (placing the sliced pie in front of Melanie)

MELANIE  (blows loudly to show her frustration as she pushes the saucer away from her)

VICKI:  That attitude right there is why you are still in hot water.

MELANIE(blows loudly again) Here we go again. Can we please just forget it?

EDWARD:  Forget it! Melanie, you deliberately disobeyed us and set out to deceive us. How many times do I have to tell you that your choices today can affect your opportunities tomorrow?

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MELANIE:  Mistake, choice, whatever. You’re not ever going to let me live it down.

EDWARD:  Baby, it’s not that we won’t let you live it down. It’s your actions that may be a constant reminder every time you apply for a job, college, and so forth. We can blackball ourselves before anyone else ever does. 

GRANDMA: That’s right, precious. God’s plan for your life is carefully weaved and when we decide to pull at the thread, it can unravel on us—outside of God’s will.

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MELANIE: But there is so much pressure.

EDWARD: I know, but anyone who is pressuring you to go against the law or against God’s Word, is not someone you should allow to order your steps, because when I picked you from jail no one else was there. No one else was even charged with anything.

MELANIE: That’s because they left me.


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