Bad circumstances can ruin a perfect day–or our hope in Christ can give us joy that lasts despite what the world throws at us. In this skit Mr. Higginsdorf gets everything thrown at him, including a law suit, itchy red spots, a dead cat, and a jail sentence. What will he throw back?
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Theme: Hope in Christ
#1: (sitting on a chair, enjoying the wonderful weather, reading the paper) What an incredibly
beautiful day. Nothing can spoil this day, it’s that perfect.
#2: (dressed in a tie and dress coat) Excuse me, Sir, but are you Mr. Higginsdorf?
#1: Yes, as a matter of fact, I am.
#2: Wonderful. My name is Earl and I’m with the law offices of Smith, Tyler, Bancroft and
Mead. You are being sued for thousands of dollars.
#1: What? Why?
#2: Your neighbor claims that your dog bit him. Have a nice day.
#1: Dog? I don’t even own a dog. I have a cat.
#2: Did I say dog? I’m sorry. I meant to say a cat. Good-bye.
#1: Wait a minute; my cat is 14 years old. She doesn’t even have teeth anymore!
#2: Did I say, “bit?” I’m sorry; I meant to say, “scratched.”
#1: She’s also de-clawed.
#2: (leaving) I’m sure you’re right, sir. You can explain all this to the judge. Have a good day.
#1: Well, this certainly is interesting. (Thinks for a moment) I have a choice here, I can let this
news get me down and ruin this perfect day or…
#2: (dressed up like a doctor) Excuse me, Mr. Higginsdorf?
#1: Yes, Dr. Herpelshimer. How are you?
#2: I’m fine, but I’m sorry to say that the news I have for you isn’t.
#1: What do you mean?
#2: Do you remember the tests we ran on you a few weeks ago because you were itching so
#1: Yes, actually I do. Did you get the results?
#2: Yes, and the news is so bad that I thought I should tell you face to face.
#1: Go on. I’m listening.
#2: (administering red dots to skin while talking) You have a very rare form of a painful skin
disease. According to my calculations red bumps should be surfacing on your skin in the
next few days, maybe even hours.
#1: You mean like these?
#2: Oh no. It’s happening sooner than I thought.
#1: Is that bad?
#2: Well, it’s not good. (leaving) Call me in the morning and we’ll set up an appointment. I
wouldn’t be surprised if you find it impossible to sleep tonight. Have a good day.
#1: Right…thank you doctor. First the lawsuit and now this?!?! (thinks for a moment) I have a
choice here, I can let this news get me down and ruin this perfect day or…
#2: Excuse me, sir, but do you own a cat?
#2: Is she grey?
#2: Does she have a red collar with a tag that reads “Fluffy?”
#2: I ran over your cat. (hands him the cat) Sorry.
#2: I was driving along and she ran out in front of me. I couldn’t stop. Again, I’m sorry but
there was nothing that I could do. (leaves)
#1: (sitting in disbelief) First the lawsuit, then the red spots and now my cat. What’s going to
#2: (dressed in a tie and dress coat…different than the first) Excuse me, sir, but are you Mr.
#2: I’m from the credit card company. Did you know that your credit card was stolen three days
#1: No. (looks inside wallet and credit card is missing)
#2: Well, Sir, the good news is that we found your credit card and the person who stole it. He’s
in custody with the police right now.
#1: I’m afraid to ask what the bad news is.
#2: It appears, Sir, that the criminal withdrew over $3,000 from your credit card and escaped
to Las Vegas. He lost it all at a poker table. Furthermore, he has no source of income. I
guess that’s why hes a thief. Anyway, since he cant pay the bill, ultimately you’re
responsible for the $3,000 withdrawal.
#1: But I didn’t use the card! Why am I responsible for his crime?
#2: Sir, we did offer you the insurance coverage on your card for a mere $14.00 annually. If
you remember, you waived that fee, thus assuming responsibility for any fraudulent
charges to your account. You’ll be receiving a statement in the mail in 7 to 10 business
days. (leaving) Thank you and have a good day.
#1: Wow! I cannot believe this…first the lawsuit, then the red spots, then my cat dies and now
there’s a $3,000 credit card bill for which I have nothing thing to show. (thinks for a
moment) I have a choice here, I can let this news get me down and ruin this perfect day
#2: (dressed as a police officer) Excuse me, sir, but are you Mr. Higginsdorf?
#1: Oh no, now what?
#2: Mr. Higginsdorf you are under arrest for impersonating a police officer.
#1: (while being handcuffed) What are you talking about?
#2: (checking his notes) On the evening of October 31st of last year you were seen on the
corner of 2nd and Jefferson wearing the uniform of a police officer. That act is in direct
violation of #22-985.
#1: October 31st? I was going to a costume party. That was my costume!
#2: We’ll let the judge sort it out, Mr. Higginsdorf. Come with me please.
(the officer leads him over to a wooden frame with bars, resembling a jail)
#3: (also behind bars, scrubbing the floors with a brush) What are you in for?
#1: Impersonating a police officer, I guess.
#3: What’s with the dead cat?
#1: It’s a long story.
#3: I’ve got nothin’ but time. Let’s hear it.
#1: Well, there I was, enjoying a perfectly wonderful day. All of a sudden I’m slapped with a
lawsuit, then my doctor tells me Ive got some kind of rash, then my cat gets run over, my
credit card was stolen, and then I’m arrested for impersonating a police officer.
#3: Wow! Talk about ruining your day.
#1: Eh…maybe, but not really.
#3: What?!?! If all of those things would have happened to me in one week I would have been
a basket case, much less in one day. What kind of nut job are you?
#1: Oh, it’s OK. I know that all of this stuff we be sorted out. Life sure could be worse.
#3: How’s that?
#1: Well, for starters, what if I didnt have Jesus in my life? Life would really stink then.
#3: Jesus? There’s that name again. I’m surprised how much people talk about Him around
here. You’d think that this would be the last place people would talk about Jesus. But, here
#1: Hey, there’s a lot to say about Jesus. He’s pretty awesome, you know. If we only had a
Bible though, that’s the best place to start.
#3: (nonchalantly) There’s one over here in the corner?
#1: You have a Bible in your cell?
#3: You think that the Gideon’s only get to hotel rooms?
#1: I see. (retrieves Bible from corner and opens it to verse) Here in 1 Peter it says, “God’s
power protects you through your faith until salvation is shown to you at the end of time.
This makes you very happy, even though now for a short time different kinds of trouble may
make you sad. These troubles come to prove that your faith is pure.”
#3: So despite your troubles, you’re happy because of God?
#1: That’s a pretty good summary. Hey, by the way, what are you for?
#3: Stealing a guy’s credit card. I withdrew over $3,000 from his account. I’m not worried…I’ll
be out of here in a couple of hours and hell never find me.
#1: (thinking this through) Hey, what do you say that when we both get out of here we get
some coffee or something.
#3: Sounds good. I have some of that cash left over…I’ll pick up the tab.
#1: Good idea…