MT "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
1CO These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. 12So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
Sandyhas trouble standing, going with the flow taking the easy out. Friends try to "prop" her up with "things that also aren't firm.
Faith faces the same challenges as Sandybut tries to find ways of dealing with her problems that will help her grow stronger.
These are "friends" of the main characters that offer the same "help" to both main characters in their time of need.
[ Sandyenters slouching and slinking to sit down at center stage.]
Sandy: [groaning] This home work is hard, I'll never finish this and get a decent grade.
Friend1: Hey Sandy, What ya working on?
Sandy: O this _____ homework. But I just don't get it. I'll never finish it. It is just too hard for me.
Friend1: No big deal, you can copy mine - I'm doing Ok in that class. Here ya go [hands Sandya big foam noodle]
Sandy: Thanks, this will help a lot, you're a good friend.
[uses the noodle as a crutch as the both exit the stage.]
[Enter Sandywith Friend2 Sandy is looking really depressed]
Sandy: My life is just awful right now. It looks like my mom and step-dad are getting a divorce. My dad doesn't want to talk to me. Last time we talked he said I have no backbone. And my boyfriend keeps calling me an airhead after he kisses me. I get no respect.
Sandy: He kisses me then says "I love you, your such an airhead". So, what's that supposed to mean.
Friend2: Don't know, you should probably lose him. Anyway it sounds like you just need to have a little fun. Here's a beer [hands her another foam noodle]
[sandy guzzles from the foam noodle then begins using it as a second crutch]
Sandy: Ahhh.I feel better now [sloppy grin]
Friend2: Come on, let's find a party.
[Faith enters deep in thought to sit down at center stage.]
Faith: [groaning] This home work is hard, It seems like I'll never finish this and get a decent grade.
Friend1: Hey Faith, What ya working on?
Faith: O this _____ homework. I just don't get it. I should probably find some help.
Friend1: No big deal, you can copy mine - I'm doing Ok in that class. Here ya go [attempts to hand Faith a big foam noodle]
Faith: No thanks, that is very generous, but I have a bigger favor to ask.
Faith: Would you consider tutoring me?
Friend1: What? That'll take a lot more time. I don't know.
Faith: It would mean a lot to me. I won't improve if I just copy your work.
Friend1: I suppose.
Faith: Thanks - I owe you one. [both exit]
[Enter Faith with Friend2, Faith is looking really down]
Faith: My life is just awful right now. It looks like my mom and step-dad are getting a divorce. My dad doesn't want to talk to me. Last time we talked he said he was too busy with his new family and job. And my boyfriend keeps calling me a prude and says I'm no fun.
Faith: Well I haven't wanted to party lately. It just seems like just a big distraction. And I don't like the way he is pressure me to get what he wants. I should probably breakup with him but we used to be such good friends.
Friend2: Don't look at me, I've got no advice when it comes to guys, but I think you could use the distraction of the party.
Faith: I don't think so, I want something more. I've been thinking about trying church.
Friend2: What? Why?
Faith: Well, I've seen some of those church people go through tough times and never seem to lose hope.
Friend2: Maybe, but like, that isn't most of em.
Faith: I know, but if there is a God that can help me make sense of this life I have to start some where. Will you go with me?
Friend2: Uh, Well I don't suppose it could hurt too much.
Faith: Maybe just a little, you can think of it as research.
[fade to black]
[months to years later]
[ Sandystumbles on to stage and falls]
Sandy: Woe is me. [crawls, drags herself stage ] Help, I've fallen and I cant' get up. [sees a sign for a '24Hr teen help line" - pulls out a cell phone and dials]
Faith: [answering the call] Teen Help Line, this is Faith.How can I help you?
Sandy: Dr. Laura, thanks for taking my call. I never listen to your show but I need some help.
Faith: Your welcome, but my name is Faith and I'm not a doctor - Do you need a doctor?
Sandy: OH No! Silly me, I just need some help.
Faith: Ok, What's the problem?
Sandy: Well it's just that my life is falling a part and I can't stand [brief pause] it.
Faith: Do you have any idea how things got to this point?
Sandy: No, Things have never been great but I thought I would get to college and everything would get better but I haven't gotten accepted to a single college and my mom just kicked me out of the house and I got fired from my job but none of it is my fault.
Faith: I'm so sorry, you must be feeling pretty bad right now.
Sandy: Yeah. Life is just so unfair. Why should I get fired just because I forgot my purse.
Faith: Excuse me? I don't understand.
Sandy: Me either, it wasn't like I wasn't going to pay for my meal I just forgot my purse that day.
Faith: I see, so what happened with your mom?
Sandy: I just had a few friends over but she say's I wrecked the house.
Faith: Did you?
Sandy: Hey who's side are you on anyway?
Faith: I'm just trying to understand what is going on so I can help.
Sandy: It's my friends fault they invited a few friends and before long we had a great party but then my mom came home a day early. It was late and she was yelling.I think that is why I had such a big headache yesterday, which made me not do very good on my SAT the next day. Of course, it also didn't help that I wasn't able to sit close enough to my friend.
Faith: Can I tell you a quick story?
Sandy: Um, Sure - I guess - I'm not going anywhere.
Faith: There was a man who had a little beach front property and he wanted to build a house but he wanted to make sure he had enough money left to live the rest of his life as a beach bum. Anyway, to save money he searched around for a good deal on lumber. The salesmen warned him that it had some rot and was really only good for firewood but he bought it any way. He built that house without even a foundation because he thought the prices for concrete were to high and he was advised to sink pylons all the way down to rock which would cost even more. So what do you think happened when the storms came?
Sandy: Your asking me?
Faith: yes, [pause] The winds blew strong and the waters rose. The sand washed out from under the house the fragile lumber couldn't handle the strain and the house collapsed.
Sandy: So what does that have to do with me? You think I should get a construction job?
Faith: You've used some bad choices to build your life and that is why you can't stand up to the storms of life. The good news is you have time to rebuild and I know people how will help, if you want.