Category Archives: Contemplative Readings

Here are a collection of stories centering on a biblical theme or idea. I am not a bible teacher; however I do love to write on ideas that comes to my mind. I will sometime take things I’ve seen in my own life or where I see; elsewhere.

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

http://www.thegoodenoughproject.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/don_t_judge_a_book_by_its_cover.jpgFor the past few days, I have given thoughts to the topic of “critical thinking”. I learned it, in my college years. In fact, it was a mandatory class for incoming freshmen. From what I recall, Professor Josh Cabot centered the class around a couple of plays.

It was a fun class and I’ve never given it, much thought. From this class, I would learn a simple lesson, “Ask questions about what you’re reading and don’t settle for surface reading.” As we were reading a play on “Dracula”; I don’t think logic or analytical thinking would be of much help. Would you? Continue reading

How Am I, Religious?

notreligiousHow am I religious? I am often amazed when I hear someone say, “You must be religious.” Do such people know me? Are they expecting a disapproving stare or something? Do they expect a finger pointing or some old fashioned hellfire and brimstone?

What are you expecting, when you visit Inspiration Point? Did any of the above questions come to mind? How about God, who loves you? I would love to get some comments, from the many passersby.  How am I religious? Do you smell a story coming? Continue reading

Let’s Play The Game of Hint!

http://pad1.whstatic.com/images/thumb/3/3a/Tell-if-Your-Wife-Is-Cheating-Step-8.jpg/670px-Tell-if-Your-Wife-Is-Cheating-Step-8.jpgWhat is the Game of Hints? It is a game of intrigue and mystery. It’s a game that will always leave you hanging; as you piece together the clues left by other participants. The game is full  of perplexing riddles.

Am I talking about the Game of Thrones? Is it a modern version of the classic game of Clue? Did I mention that the game is free and anyone can play? The game can take place, anywhere and any time. You don’t even need a computer.

Guess what? You are probably already playing it. The Game of Thrones and Clue are actual games; the Game of Hints is not a real game. What is meant by the Game of Hints? What am I talking about? Continue reading

New Visitors: Please Take Survey!!

There is one thing that I’ve learned from some friends; it helps to ask an important question. How am I doing? Such a question can help a blog site to grow and improve.  If I want my site to grow and thrive, then I better get a clue about what my visitors think.

Some time ago, I moved my site back to WordPress.com. It was done for financial reason. Since December 2014, I have been monitoring the site traffic of Inspiration Point with the help of Statscounter.com. One of my biggest concerns has been the length of stay by first time visitors.

Because I have a vision impairment, my reading speed is slower than a person with good eyesight. For me, it is difficult to assess what’s a normal reading speed looks like.

As of late, I have been writing longer blog posts than my normal 800 words. Before this, I thought the 5 to 10 second visits was normal. With the new longer blog stories, I am still seeing the same length of stay. Clearly there is a problem. It’s time to take a survey! Continue reading

I Just Want To Play!

For the past few days, I’ve been tracking a debate about video games, YouTube and YouTube entertainers. As I read the tweets found on Twitter, a question formed in the back of my mind. How can I contribute to the ongoing debate? 

Outside of Minecraft, I rarely play any video games. I am simply not a gamer or I’d have created a YouTube channel dedicated to gaming. How did I get wrapped up in this debate?  Though I’m not a gamer, I follow certain YouTube gaming personalities and I listen to their comments on Twitter.

What can I contribute to this raging debate? For YouTubers, parents and fans, I will point you to this old piece of advice. It’s found in an old letter and its advice is quite solid. How so?   Continue reading

My Dealing With An Online Stalker

In the age of social media, it is becoming easier and easier to reach out and touch someone. Does that phrase sound familiar? It’s a catchphrase created by the marketing geniuses of AT&T. I doubt they had Twitter, Skype and Facebook in mind, though.

Today, the phone is no longer the only way to reach out and talk with someone. Do you have Skype on your computer? I have it and Skype is a great way to see and talk with someone.  It’s a little too easy!

What happened? Did I get a stalker? How about someone looking for love in all the wrong places? I do hope you’re sniffing that bait. Would you like to know what happened? How I dealt with it.  Continue reading

Why Are Your Comments, So Appreciated?

Over the years, I have noticed that YouTubers often ask for two simple things: Please leave a “Like” on this video. Please subscribe to my channel. Why? It is not just to grow a channel.

I can definitely say the same thing for my blog, Inspiration Point. It’s also true for many bloggers, too. Site visitors will come and they will go. If not for site trackers like StatsCounter and Google Analytics, we would never know about your visits.

Why do my YouTube friends ask for “Likes”, subs and comments? How does it relate to blogging? The following statement may sound strange; however, I will explain it. Here’s a hint: It has to do with the first sentence of this paragraph.

An open rebuke is far better than a love that is never expressedHow so?  How can someone clobbering you be better than a hidden like? What does this have to do with growing a blog, like Inspiration Point or a YouTube channel? 
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