Catchy (Sitting 27) Loose Ends … December 17th, 2017

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Matthew felt like he was dragging his own corpse behind him across the Arctic Tundra, in search of a fire.

He was disgusted with himself. Wonderful, marvelous events were transpiring, but he felt abandoned. He had become such dead weight that Jubal and the band decided not to have him come along on the daily trips across the country.

He didn’t argue. He felt so damn out of place.

Everyone was so energized, so jubilant, so jazzed by the whole idea–but he sat around counting the hours until the drum stopped beating and he could get back on the plane and go home to a nice cappuccino.

Even Soos had become enamored with the revival–filled with the same spirit that inhabited Mr. Carlos.

So this morning, when Jubal took off on the plane without telling Matthew where he was going, discovering by watching “Good Morning, U.S.A.” that the troop had landed in Haiti and was performing an impromptu concert in front of thousands of citizens, while handing out bread and cheese, Matthew was not upset. He just sat back and shook his head. Everything was so screwed up.

The business he had begun with Randall and Landy–S.E.E.D.S.–was turning to weeds. Some of the clients were disgusted with the whole idea of “God-speak,” and the ones who weren’t were too wacky for his taste.

Last week he had lunch with Randall and Landy, who sat across from him munching on salads and sipping Chablis like two jilted lovers. He had no idea how to explain where he was coming from or what he was going to do. Matter of fact, his life was just a series of loose ends, untied from all reality.

Jo-Jay had been out of pocket for weeks, pursuing some conspiracy against Jubal.

Sister Rolinda got herself in trouble with the Catholics by referring to the Pope as a “chauvinist,” suggesting that his head was beginning to fit into his pointed hat.

Worst of all was Prophet Morgan, who was jittery and upset about being ignored, and had broken the pact of secrecy with the press, doing two interviews, which, according to backstage sources, paid him three thousand for one and two thousand for the other. So two weeks ago, Prophet had appeared on “Tell All” with Bart Champion, and three days earlier, he was on “Rasur’s Edge with Carlita Rasur.” Ms. Rasur was so capable at her craft that she got Prophet all worked up into tears, as he apologized over the air for his relatives, who had once owned slaves.

Morgan looked ridiculous on television–an anachronism–pompadour hairdo, gray gabardine suit with a large, wide tie. Both Bart and Carlita tried to get secrets out of him, but since Prophet knew very little, they were quite disappointed with the information about scrambled instead of fried eggs, and Jubal’s insane appetite for black licorice.

The whole world seemed crazy to Matthew.

Michael Hinston wouldn’t take his phone calls anymore. Matthew tried not to be offended, but the last time he telephoned, he could hear Michael in the background, whispering instructions to his secretary. “Tell him I’m not here!”

Matthew just didn’t fit in.

On one hand, there was the burgeoning awakening of a Jesus movement going on in his midst, while at the same time old friendships, dreams and goals were sliding away into a pit of meaninglessness.

Rising from his chair, he picked up his cell phone and called the airport. “I need a one-way ticket to Washington, D.C.”

Matthew had decided to try to find Jo-Jay, and maybe surprise and corral Michael. The last time he had seem either of them, they were in the nation’s capitol.

 

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G-26: Splitting the Adam … May 30, 2014

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entwinedThe entire balance of Planet Earth is based upon the texture and interaction of men and women. This is not an overstatement.

When the Creator placed a man and a woman in the garden of his pleasure, He called both of them “Adam.” He viewed the pair as a single unit–no preference of one over the other, no stronger and weaker sex. Just one flesh.

So every attempt made to promote an agenda by ripping at the fabric and intelligence of that balance is detrimental to the well-being of the world around us.

Think of it: even though the first man and woman found themselves in a pickle, were cast out of their home and ended up with two children dead to them–one through murder and the other through exile–they stayed together.

It might not happen today.

For after all, we tell people they have too many choices and we fail to promote the power of persevering with one another.

And because the first man and woman stayed together, they had a third child named Seth–and it was Seth and his offspring that ushered in some sanity to our lives and also caused humans to start calling on their Creator for wisdom.

Nothing will be accomplished until we regain the unity and purpose of men and women coexisting and laboring together.

May I make some suggestions? What would help men become better partners with women?

1. Stop using politeness and chivalry to cover up the assertion that women are weaker. The reason chivalry is gone is because it was propagated in an era when women were sold like horses. The best thing to do with a lady is to ask her if she needs assistance or if she’s fine on her own.

2. Encourage by appreciation, avoiding flattery, without allowing women to make excuses.

3. Stop lying.

Likewise, may I suggest three things that would make the female journey with their male counterparts more fluid?

1. Never talk beyond the present saturation point. Be patient. Curiosity will grow if you don’t persist in demanding attention.

2. Play to strengths while being curious about the source of weaknesses. Once again, there’s a power in just asking why a man chooses to avoid some task instead of assuming he’s either stupid or diminished.

3. Stop lying.

As you can see, mutual respect is necessary to create a world where we don’t “split the Adam,” focusing on one sex over another.

Be careful.

I do not necessarily believe there’s a conspiracy against men and women in our society, but equally dangerous is a redundancy which promotes an irreparable breach between the sexes.

If our Creator insists we’re equals … who are we to argue? 

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