Untotaled: Stepping 55 (June 15th, 1970) Preaching to the Choir… February 21, 2015

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The Buckeye Teen Chorale.

It was a hand-selected group of singers from high schools across the state of Ohio who got together to perform for special events, and then culminated and confirmed their purpose with a three-week tour of Europe.

My girlfriend was one of the members.

After the prom things got really bad with her parents. Her father decided to spy on us and in so doing got quite an eye-full one night. So she was forbidden to see me and we had to plan clandestine rendezvous in order to fulfill our love and satisfy our lust.

So one weekend, when she was scheduled to be at the Ohio State Fairgrounds for rehearsals with the chorale, she and I made plans to skip out on the event and spend the weekend together goofing off and enjoying each other.

Of course, as I look back now, it sounds like the most ridiculous idea ever conceived–because we certainly would get caught and then things would be worse than they were before.

We were. And they were. Caught. And things worse than they were before.

Her parents were hoping that since there were only eight days left before the trip to Europe that they could control her environment and keep me out of the situation. But by night I crawled on my stomach through their horse pasture and she met me in the barn with the finesse and subtlety of a Shakespearean tragedy.

She promised she would write me every day from Europe, and in so doing, we would figure out what we were going to do next.

For the entire twenty-one days she was gone, I kept going to the post office to retrieve one of her notes, only to have my hopes dashed daily with no correspondence.

My mind went crazy. I figured she had met somebody on the trip–that she had found romance near the Eiffel Tower.

When she returned she went to her girlfriend’s house. I picked her up and we escaped to a nearby cemetery. She explained that she was scared she would be caught writing me, and that was why she failed to communicate.

It was in the midst of those tombstones that I proposed marriage to this woman who was carrying our child. And we made a covenant that on her birthday–August 25th–she would fly back to be with me.

For you see, her parents had decided to retire in Mexico while she attended The University of Arizona.

It was a great notion.

I tried to prepare for the five weeks before I would see her again. August 25th seemed a lifetime away.

And it seemed that my lifetime was contingent on August 25th.

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G-Poppers… February 20, 2015

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Little granddaughter asked G-Pop, “What is black history month?”

He paused, wondering what direction he should go with her question.

“Do you know what black is?” asked G-Pop.

“It is a dark color,” she replied.

“Some people have a dark color of skin,” he cited.

“I know that,” she sighed, a bit disgusted with G-Pop thinking she was dumb.

G-Pop explained. “But did you know that some people think skin color is, well, a way of treating people bad?”

“Why?”

Yes. Why.

G-Pop took a deep breath, allowing some oxygen to stimulate his brain to say the right thing. He continued.

“If you had four candy bars and you were very happy with your supply but you found out that your friend had four candy bars, too, how would you feel?”

Granddaughter didn’t pause. “Glad,” she replied. “We’ve both got candy.”

G-Pop smiled. “Yes, that’s what you should feel. A happy equal. But some people are mad if they don’t have more candy bars than their neighbor, so they strike out, steal a candy bar or two from them–until they feel they are better.”

“That’s mean,” said Granddaughter.

“It is. But some people are mean. And during the month of February, we get together and admit that meanness hurt our black brothers and sisters, and we’re working very hard to restore the sweetness.”

G-Pop peered at his granddaughter. He wasn’t sure she understood.

G-Pop wasn’t sure he understood.

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Three Ways To Break a Curse… February 19, 2015

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I curse people.

People curse me.

Unfortunately, we curse each other.

This lends itself to a reaction. For after all, for every action there is a reaction. The reaction often triggers people to perform what they would normally deem to be unwanted behavior. Let’s take a look at how this works:

“You’re stupid.”

A curse that leads to the reaction, “I must prove I’m smart.”

“Damn you.”

“I must find a way to hurt you back.”

“I hate you.”

“Then I hate you, too.”

“You are no good.”

“I must show off my righteousness.”

“You are a loser.”

“I must disguise my efforts.”

Unless you reverse a curse, it always makes things worse.

When you find yourself under unusual scrutiny or criticism from others, remember the following three things:

1. Don’t deny nor defend your past.

It’s a waste of time. History is written in memories. Trying to change memories is fruitless.

2. Don’t spend too much time sharing future plans.

Your dreams are always impossible to other people’s ears. You can not convince them that you have a great idea because they’re too busy with their own ideas. If you insist on talking too much you will have too much to prove.

3. Give yourself a daily focus.

Multi-tasking doesn’t work. As we need to be given daily bread, we also need to grant ourselves a simple daily focus which can be understood, pursued and achieved.

I am convinced that if you take fourteen days and stay away from your past, stop touting your aspirations for the future and focus on a single event every day, you can break all the curses that have been levied against you by the critical mob.

Cursing may be something truly evil, but as long as human beings fail to look to their own hearts and instead, try to change everyone around them, these barbs will come our way.

Knowing how to break them is the key to knowing how to make it.  Donate Button

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PoHymn: A Rustling in the Stagnant … February 18, 2015

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Pohymn February 18

Two by Two

Angry news

Conflicting views

Pundits tell

Not well

Need hope

Can’t cope

Blank verse

Brings curse

Some turn

We learn

Traitors scurry

Faithful worry

Two conceive

Others believe

Children cry

Innocent die

Repetitious prayer

Produces scare

Insipid singing

Joyless bringing

Bullets speed

Flesh bleed

War increase

Seek peace

Prophets share

Limited care

Simple flow

Will grow

When I

Ask why

And you

Do too

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Cracked Five…February 17, 2015

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Amazingly, these are movie scripts that failed to get funding and receive the coveted “green light:”

A. Breezy–The back and forth story of the man who invented the moveable air vent on the modern automobile

B. Powdered–A documentary look at individuals who are hooked on Gold Bond.

C. Cookie Cutters–A drama about black market communion wafers being passed off as “The Host.”

D. Pop Warner Brothers–A family movie about young kids playing tackle football until there’s only one standing, who gets the next part in the movie

E. I Don’t Carrot–A man walks away from his 800-acre carrot farm to work for peanuts at Planters.

 

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The Alphabet of Us: K is for Kind…February 16, 2015

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All human beings possess a heart, soul, mind and strength. Nothing of any true significance can be achieved unless this is understood.

Two definitions.

Kind: (1) to express a gentle mercy. (2) to be part of the same group.

I am thoroughly convinced that if human beings celebrated both definitions–expressing gentle mercy because we’re part of the same group–an abundance of problems would suddenly melt away.

There are two steps necessary to achieve this:

  1. I remember what it is like to lose or get caught.
  2. I understand that I will fail again and face ridicule.

In embracing these two notions, we have complete empathy with our “kind,” and when we discover those who are losing and facing ridicule, a sweetness enters our souls instead of a desire to grab the rope with the lynch mob.

It is a balance.

Even though most individuals would insist they want to forget bad times, it is essential to realize that the best thing we can do is to create distance between our bad times. They go away for a while, but they come back.

It is a great mystery in life and certainly one of the questions at the top of my list when I encounter my Creator: why can’t I be a permanent victor?

Yet this causes us to foster the emotional makeup that says, “I remember and I understand.”

We cease to look at our neighbor as a stranger, but rather, a mirror image of what we went through just short weeks or days before. It makes us relax our judgemental nature, and we choose to find commonality instead of deciding to join the mob and bully.

  • Because of this, I understand bigotry.
  • Because my knees don’t work very well anymore, I understand what it means to be disenfranchised by disability.
  • So when I see an older person hobbling across the parking lot with a cane, I rejoice with him or her.
  • I feel kindness.

But it is impossible to feel kind to anyone unless you can say, “I remember and I understand.”

And once you do that, you develop the most powerful axiom in the encyclopedia of human life: I choose to refuse to abuse.

 

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Jesonian: Front Loading…February 15, 2015

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I am traveling this year all across the United States, putting on a program with a musical and spoken rendition of the Sermon on the Mount, complete with stories and humor.

It has stimulated great interest, mainly because hundreds, perhaps thousands, of musicals and spoken-word pieces have been done on the last twenty-four hours of Jesus’ life, but very few have been written and shared on his body of work.

Perhaps this is due to the fact that we have two dangerous misconceptions about the ideas of Jesus. We think:

  1. The teachings of Jesus are hard–too idealistic and don’t work well in the real world.
  2. Jesus bided his time teaching while he was waiting for his true mission to be fulfilled–to be the human sacrifice for the sins of the world.

I am convinced that these two theological missteps are causing the message of Jesus to be misconstrued, which forbids the world to tap the obvious logic contained in his philosophy.

For after all, there is no other idea that works among people other than “love your neighbor as yourself.” The absence of applying this thought places the world in chaos. It is only when that principle is applied–even if it’s only partially done–that we have the foundation for financial prosperity and peace.

So when we portray the teachings of Jesus to be impractical “in the real world,” and to more or less be the fodder for a future heavenly existence rather than an earthly one, we rob our generation of the tools necessary to communicate.

Here are the three things that Jesus was against:

  • Hypocrisy
  • Selfishness
  • Intolerance

If you were listing three of the greatest problems in our world, these would certainly be included.

Jesus’ response to hypocrisy was, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.” We could go a long way with that simple concept.

His response to selfishness was, “If you’re given much, much is expected of you.” This certainly would encourage initiative, but also would foster generosity.

And Jesus told us not to judge other people–that even he would not do so. This would eliminate our opinions from seeping through, insisting they are “God’s will.”

Secondly, for those who believe that Jesus was merely God’s pin cushion to extract a blood atonement for the foulness of mankind, we must admit that this is contrary to what the Nazarene said:

  • He wanted people to believe him for his words.
  • In the Garden of Gethsemane, before his crucifixion, he claimed that his work was completed.
  • And in Nazareth he quoted from Isaiah, saying that his mission was to “preach the good news to the poor.”

The greatest theological insult of our time is the notion that God, who hated the sacrifice of turtle doves and bullocks, would suddenly change His mind and favor the human sacrifice of His son.

What makes the death of Jesus not only an atonement–a salvation for our sins–is how he was willing, while still a human being, to take on the rejection of his peers bravely–and give his life for what he taught.

I am Jesonian.

Jesonian people are front-loading Christians. That means we give more significance to the life, teachings, inspiration snd spirit of Jesus during the thirty-three years of his ministry than we do for the back-loading of his three hours on the cross.

I believe with all of my heart that if we honored his words more often, while celebrating his death as a brave act of mercy, we would reach more people–and a message free of hypocrisy, selfishness and intolerance could find its simple place toward solution in our time.

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