I Got Me No Time

By Dave Marsh
November 21, 2023

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Director's Notes:
Let's face it - we're too busy. Steven Curtis Chapman sings a song about the "busyman." The Bible says that a man dies and leaves behind all his busy activities. Sometimes when I write a drama, God uses it first and foremost in my own life. There are a few laughs in this one but that's about it. Nothing really funny about this subject. I ended it as I'm apt to do - the Everyman can't make up his mind as the lights fade...

This drama can also be used in a stewardship series as part 3.

Dave: A workaholic Dad
Lucas: Dave's Son

A phone
Some paper
A chair
A desk
A laptop (if available)

Home office


(Dave is busy working hard.)

Dave: I just don’t get it. I can’t seem to get these numbers to come out right! I mean, how many times do I have to run them? Argh! Maybe I’m cursed. That’s it! I’ve been cursed! Who’s the god of mathematics? I’m SURE there’s a god of mathematics and he’s got it in for me!

Dave: (Stands up on chair playing the god) You there, puny mortal! I am Algorithm, the god of mathematics and I bring you endless days and hours of unresolved decimal points and balance sheets that do not jive!

Lucas: (Enters) Hey Dad. What are you doing?

Dave: (looks at this son) Nothing Lucas. Daddy is just losing his mind.

Lucas: Cool. Okay, I’ve got something for you.

Dave: (gets down) Um, Lucas, I’m really busy… you see (phone rings) Hold on.

Lucas: (sits down on steps)

Dave: Hello? Oh, hi Chris. Yeah, I’m looking at them right now. What? No, I haven’t. Yes, I know but I tried to get it done Friday… I tried to get it done Friday night – I tried to get it done Saturday even but the numbers won’t match. Yes. Yes. I know, they’re gonna be there at 3 on Monday.

Lucas: Dad?

Dave: Hold on pal. (back to the phone) Yes. I know. Look Chris, there are only so many hours in the day. I’m trying to get these numbers to jive. Yes. I’m looking at them right now. Yep, I see that right here on page 4. What? Page 5? (looks at the papers on his desk) Uh, I don’t have a page 5. Yes. No… wait a minute. That’s right! Wait a minute it’s got to be here somewhere…

Lucas: Dad. I have the numbers you need.

Dave: What?

Lucas: Here you go.

Dave: Wow. Thanks Lucas. You’re a lifesaver. (back to phone) Hold on. Let me look these over.

Dave: (He looks at them but notices this is not the page he thought it was…)

Dave: Um, Lucas. What’s this?

Lucas: Read it.

Dave: Hold on Chris… (he begins reading out loud)

Dad’s Time

Monday – Friday : 50 hours of work -1 hour a night with me or 5 hours
Saturday: 6 hours of work - 3 hours with me
Sunday: ?

Dave: (looks at his son) Um, Lucas…

Lucas: I’ll wait outside, ok dad?

Dave: Uh… (phone) Yes, Chris, yeah, I’m still here. Yes, I know how important this is. What? Did I find the numbers? (He looks at the paper) Yeah, I found them…

Dave: (he looks back and forth between the computer and where his son left as the LIGHTS SLOWLY FADE)…


© 1998 Dave Marsh

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