Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 26

squishing us down. He is into lifting us up. And funny enough, most of the time I get those inter- nal visions of what the play is going to be when we do Holy Communion. Methodists used to say to do it once a quarter. Now they do it monthly. And that’s when I get my inspiration. I’m not particu- larly saying, “Lord give me a script. Lord, give me a script.” But something will come, or something the pastor says in the sermon before Communion. And I say, “Blessed be your name!” And people say, “Oh, Liz, you’re being super spiritual.” But I’m not. That’s really what happens. I don’t call myself a preacher. I call myself a teacher. I love to write the scripts and then let people take them; take them into themselves. Which they do. If other churches decide to do plays, what are some of the pitfalls Christians, or I guess really anyone who performs plays, face when they decide to perform a play and how would one go about addressing them? Very good question. Ego and  discouragement; those are the two big pitfalls. Ego is especial- ly problematic when you love doing something.  When you love doing something, you can say to God, “Why don’t you step aside and I’ll just do this” and boy, that’s a big pitfall. I don’t mean to say that ego is when people think, “I’m the only actor in the whole world that can do this.” What I mean is, they take their eyes off the Holy Spirit. They don’t say, “God, what do YOU want me to do?” Some people might be drawn to a part and may call me and say, “Liz, how do I do this?” I say, “How do you feel? Have you studied the scrip- ture?” I always give scripture references.   And so I say, “Look it up. Feel the part. If you think you are the part then that’s what the Holy Spirit wants you to do.” But you have to know what that character is saying and sometimes people call me and say, “Well, I ’m going to take the bad part, the bad guy.” And I’ll say, “Why?” And they say, “Well, because that’s me. I know my sins and I can act that.” I say, “Ok, fine, wonderful.” Of course, sins are under the blood. They are covered by the cross; but you know what I mean. People say, “This is me and I’m going to allow myself to be seen by the audi- ence as the bad guy.” In fact, we had one dear, dear friend who was a wicked Judas, I mean just wicked. One year he played Thomas and every- one went, “What?! You’re playing Thomas? Why aren’t you playing Judas?”  He was typecast. He did a very good Judas. Funny enough he worked in the finance industry and he said, “I’ve seen what money does to people. If I take the part of Judas no one else has to.” It was an act of love and he did it wonderfully. He was never nasty off stage telling people, “get out of my way” or anything like that — he was  just the most accommodating and the sweetest guy. The Lord took him from us too soon, but we know exactly where he is because his heart was so in it and so into preaching the Gospel in that way. Ego is when you take it off the Holy Spirit’s yoke and try to carry it yourself. You can’t do that. The other thing is discouragement. Now, none of the people that I have ever worked with had been a professional actor; except one.  There was one professional. He was in the Air Force Band.  He wasn’t a visual performer. He wasn’t an actor. He took a part in the play and he was superb because he had great stage presence. But a lot of people come to me, especially who have played Jesus in the past, and say, “Liz, I cannot do this.” And I say, “Look, does the Holy Spirit seem to be telling you