Life’s Drama


[PHONE RINGING] Mike Gardner. Hi, Daddy. Hey. Katie Bug. Daddy, how many
Internets are there? Uh, what? Annie said there’s only one. Annie is, uh– Mike? Uh– Meeting’s about to start? Listen, I– You have those updated charts? I’ve got to go, OK? Can we make brownies tonight? Yeah. Oh, no. No, I have rehearsal. Aw. Yeah. I’m sorry, bug. Love you. Bye. Weren’t you saying you needed
to, uh, slim down for that play you’re in? Hey, it’s not my fault if
Jen brings donuts to work. It would be rude
not to have one. Everybody here? Good. Mike, why don’t you
kick things off? You have the charts? Um, uh, Tim? Weren’t you supposed
to do those? No. You were. Lisa! You already have
those done, right? That was your job. Uh, Clark? Nope. But I thought– Mike! What? What is the point
of this meeting if we don’t have the charts? Do you have them? It not my fault! Let’s try this again
tomorrow morning. I want everybody here at 7:00. Mike, I don’t care
what it takes, but I want those charts
ready before you leave today. But I have this rehearsal. Late again, Mr. Gardner? It’s not my fault! My boss made me stay
late after work. He was being totally
unreasonable. Tell me, Mr. Gardner,
how are we supposed to rehearse for Henry
V without Henry V? It’s not my fault. Places, everyone. Where are we? Agincourt. King Henry is in
disguise, trying to gauge the morale
of the English troops. [CLEARING THROAT] “Methinks I could not
die anywhere so contented as in the king’s company,
his cause being just and his quarrel honorable.” “That’s more than we know.” “If his cause be wrong,
our obedience to the king wipes the crime
of it out of us.” “But if the cause be
not good, the king himself have a heavy
reckoning to make.” “The king is not bound to
answer the particular endings of his soldiers, for they
purpose not their deaths when they purpose their services. Every subject’s duty is the
king’s, but every subject’s soul is his own.” Stop! Mike, what is this scene about? Think about this: King Henry
is arguing that each of us has the principal
decision-making role in our own life’s drama. Thus– The soldiers can
act for themselves and accept the consequences. They are responsible
for their own souls. Good. So tell me, Mike, who is
accountable for your soul? for your actions? I am. I am. “The king is not bound to
answer the particular endings of his subjects, for they
purpose not their deaths when they purpose their services. Every subject’s duty is the
king’s, but every subject’s soul is his own.” My actions are my own. Hey, I’m home. Hey, Dad. Hi, Dad. Oh, hey. Hey. What are you two doing up? Guess what Katie did? What did Katie do? She got in a fight. What? Yeah. She punched a boy. It wasn’t my fault. Girls, enough. Go to bed. But it wasn’t my fault. Oh, OK, bug. Yeah, you just go to
bed, like your mom said. You too. Go to bed. Go to bed. I’ll come up in a second. Baby? Late night. Yeah. You said rehearsal
got done at 8:00. It’s almost 10:00. Why didn’t you call me? It wasn’t my– you’re right. I’m sorry. I should have called you. I didn’t call you. I am a terrible, terrible,
terrible husband. So– You are. Yes. So what can I do
to make it better? Uh, for starters, you
can put him to bed. OK. I think I can manage that. And, uh–well, you can
help me tackle this. That– When things turn bad,
there’s a tendency to blame others or even God. In matters both
temporal and spiritual, the opportunity to assume
personal responsibility is a God-given gift, without which
we cannot realize our full potential. My plea is simply to take
responsibility and go to work so that there is
something for God to help us with.

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