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Following God’s Rules – Puppet Skit

TIMMY: BAD NEWS, BAD NEWS, ALL I HEAR IS BAD NEWS. MY BEST FRIEND JOHNNY IS MAD AT ME AND WON’T TALK TO ME ANYMORE. MY BICYCLE HAS A FLAT TIRE, AND NO ONME WILL HELP ME FIX IT; I WANT A NEW PAIR OF GYM SHOES, BUT MY MOTHER SAYS, NO, NOT NOW. IS THERE ANY GOOD NEWS ANYWHERE?

SALLY: HI, TIMMY. BOY, DO YOU EVER HAVE PROBLEMS! YOU AND JOHNNY HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR A LONG TIME. IT’S TOO BAD HE WON’T TALK TO YOU!

TIMMY: YEAH! HE SAYS I’M NOT FAIR. WE PLAY A GAME, AND I ALWAYS CHANGE THE RULES IN MY FAVOR, AND HE DOESN’T WANT TO PLAY WITH ME ANYMORE.

SALLY: WELL, TIMMY, IF THAT’S TRUE, JOHNNY’S RIGHT. WE HAVE RULES TO MAKE THINGS FAIR. IF WE DIDN’THAVE RULES, EVERYTHING WOULD BE CRAZY.

TIMMY: HAVING RULES SOUNDS TO ME LIKE BAD NEWS.

SALLY: YOU’RE WRONG, TIMMY. RULES ARE FOR OUR GOOD. IN FACT, IF YOU KNEW AND FOLLOWED GOD’S RULE ABOUT HOW YOU ARE TO PLAY WITH JOHNNY, JOHNNY WOULDN’T BE MAD AT YOU RIGHT NOW.

TIMMY: WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

SALLY: GOD GAVE US A GOOD RULE ON HOW WE ARE TO TREAT OTHERS. WE ARE TO DO UNTO OTHERS AS WE WANT THEM TO DO TO US. WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF JOHNNY ALWAYS CHANGED THE RULES SO THAT HE COULD WIN INSTEAD OF YOU?

TIMMY: WELL, NO, THAT WOULDN’T BE FAIR.

SALLY: THAT’S RIGHT. IT WOULDN’T BE FAIR. IN FACT, TIMMY, GOD HAS GIVEN US MANY RULES, AND EVERYONE OF THEM IS FOR GOOD. TO ME, THAT IS GOOD NEWS. GOD SAYS HE LOVES US: HE WANTS US TO KNOW HIM. HE WANTS TO FORGIVE US OF ALL THE BAD THINGS WE HAVE DONE AGAINST HIM.

TIMMY: WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I’VE NEVER DONE ANY BAD THINGS TO GOD?

SALLY: YES, YOU HAVE, TIMMY. YOU CHANGED HIS RULES ABOUT HOW YOU ACT JUST LIKE YOU CHANGED THE RULES ON JOHNNY AND MADE HIM MAD AT YOU. YOU’VE DONE THE SAME THING TO GOD. IN FACT, WHEN YOU TREATED JOHNNY THAT WAY, YOU BROKE GOD’S RULE.

TIMMY: I DIDN’T KNOW GOD HAD THAT RULE.

SALLY: GOD GIVES HIS RULES IN THE BIBLE. AND IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HIS RULES, WHICH ARE GOOD NEWS FOR US, THEN YOU NEED TO READ THE BIBLE. GOD SAYS TO US IN THE BIBLE THAT HIS WORD IS A LAMP TO OUR FEET AND A LIGHT FOR OUR PATH. KNOWING GOD’S RULES IS GOOD NEWS.

TIMMY: I GUESS IF ONE OF GOD’S RULES IS TO TREAT JOHNNY THE WAY I WANT HIM TO TREAT ME, THEN I NEED TO TELL JOHNNY I’M SORRY AND THAT FROM NOW ON, I’LL PLAY ACCORDING TO GOD’S RULES.

SALLY: TIMMY, YOU MIGHT NEED TO TELL GOD YOU’LL READ HIS RULE BOOK SO YOU CAN KNOW THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT HIM. YOU SHOULD ALSO TELL GOD YOU’RE SORRY FOR BREAKING HIS RULES.

TIMMY: OKAY, THAT’S ONE RULE I CAN FOLLOW RIGHT NOW

by Billy Montgomery

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