Overcoming My Father Wounds

Did you ever listen to something that stirs a strong emotional chord? On Monday, I was listening to Pastor Paul Booko of Riverside Church. The church is located in Three Rivers, Michigan. It’s Father’s Day and Paul is giving an encouraging message about being a father.

I would have politely listened and I wouldn’t have given it, much thought. Why should I? I’m not a father or spiritual father. Before I continue, here is a link to “Dad’s Fest“. It’s the message that I listened to on the Internet.

What happened? Why am I writing a story about fathers, the day after Father’s Day? The story starts when pastor Paul Booko mentions the father wound, at the beginning of his message. As I listen, a strong wave of painful emotions began rising inside me. Continue reading

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The Typewriter

Did you ever go through something and asked, “Why am I going through this? Why do I have to take this blasted typing class?” For me, this class was fraught with frustration and difficulties. I hated it.

The four years of typing were a lesson in torture. My typing teacher didn’t help by saying, “Keep your eyes on the paper and not the typewriter!” I hated it! I was angry and frustrated with her. If the old IBM Selectric typewriter weren’t so heavy then I’d be tempted to do something stupid. Continue reading

Dealing With Negativity: What’s Your Perspective?

One day, a friend shared an interesting comment. “It’s just a hobby,” says my friend. My friend was referring Inspiration Point. “How so?”, I asked. The response was hardly pleasant or encouraging.

Sadly, I’ve had similar conversations with this person. He simply doesn’t see the value of the work done on this blog. How shall I respond to such negativity? I can’t control what someone chooses to think or believe. However, I can do something about my own responses.

I could choose from one of three options. Though there may be others; I will focus on three types of responses. Shall I play “The Victim”? Shall I take on the role of “The Reporter”? How about a “Hope Filled” view of the situation? Continue reading

In Search of The Mysterious City of Sin

Years ago, I lived in Phoenix, AZ. While living there, I met a troubled young man. He came to Arizona Bridge to Independent Living, for group counseling. “I must have done something wrong? God is angry with me,” says the young man. We were shocked and asked, “What happened?” Continue reading

Minecraft, Blogging and Wise Counsel

For the past few months, I have been carefully watching some very talented entertainers. I am speaking of some men that I’ve mentioned on Inspiration Point. Why am I so interested in a bunch of YouTubers? I’ll give you, a hint. It has nothing to do with Minecraft.

When I discovered Paul Soares, BDoubleO and GenerikB, it became clear that they weren’t engaged in a hobby. They produce entertaining videos, for a living. As the owner of Inspiration Point, I can appreciate the work goes into such endeavors. It’s not easy. Why did I take such a keen interest? Continue reading