Don’t Forget the OIIL: Language

As I consider this last part of my “Don’t Forget the OIIL” series, a mental recording clicks in my brain. The voice is that of certain YouTuber that I know.

“Watch your mouth, boy!” warns the young man, to his audience of teens and early twenty something. It is often connected with something that can go in an unwanted direction.  At the same time, it’s done with a touch of humor.

As I consider the recording, I toyed with the idea of changing the title to “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Watch Your Mouth!” James 3:11 and an old fountain came to mind. Should a fountain send forth, both sweet and bitter water?

How does this relate to creating content for a blog or YouTube? Continue reading “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Language”

Don’t Forget the OIIL: Imagination and Inspiration

If you read my last article, “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Observation“; then you will know that I’m writing a series called “Don’t Forget the OIIL”. What do I mean by OIIL? No, it’s not a typo; rather, it’s an acronym: Observation, Imagination / Inspiration and Language.

Each of these components is essential to creating good content for a blog or a YouTube video. In this article, we’ll take a look at “Imagination” and “Inspiration” and their role in creating content. Continue reading “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Imagination and Inspiration”

Don’t Forget The OIIL: Observation

Did you know there is a special ingredient, for good writing? Years ago, I was introduced to this special ingredient, by my writing teacher, Ryan. If you read the title, then you already know.

Oil? What does that have to do with writing, content creation or faith? First, the title says “OIIL” and not oil. No, OOIL is not a typo; rather, it is an acronym. It stands for Observe, Imagination, Inspiration and Language.

As a Christian writer, I have found this special ingredient to be very helpful in many of my writing endeavors. How so? Is it some kind of magical ingredient? No, there is nothing magical about OIIL; rather, it is a set of practical tools to help in creating content for blogs, YouTube or books.

Would you like to learn more? Please continue reading about this OIIL. Continue reading “Don’t Forget The OIIL: Observation”

How to Overcome the Fear of Being Different

https://1.gravatar.com/avatar/73cfdc895b9fc7dd9cf127bedd116b7d?s=128&d=mm&r=GThis morning, I asked the following question in a Google+ Community. Are you afraid of being seen as different or weird?  I asked this question in a community for Christians. It’s too early for any kind of reaction.

For me, I really don’t think about it. Why? I didn’t have a choice; as I was born with disabilities.  As a child, there is no escaping the obvious facts. I was born, both nearsighted and hard of hearing.  Let’s not kid ourselves; it’s going to be noticed. 

As a Christian, this reality has not changed. I am still going to be perceived as different; it simply became more noticeable. At the age of 50, one does get used to the idea of being different.

Hey, I did not say that “I’ve arrived! NOT! For the average Christian, the fear of being different is not so easily overcome. I know about those fears; as I experienced similar fears, when growing up.

The more things change; the more they remain the same! Did you know that quote is straight from Ecclesiastes 1:9? Would you like to read about some truths that really helped me? Continue reading “How to Overcome the Fear of Being Different”

Will You Trust Me?

The other day, I wrote a story that was mired in pain. From my perspective, it is not the best way to write something like “Will You Trust Me?” I was struggling through a perceived lack of trust, directed at me.

What happened? Continue reading “Will You Trust Me?”

A Tale Of Two Smarts

Today, I  am writing a Tale of Two Smarts.  I trust you will enjoy it. Is it a take on Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities”? A Tale of Two Smarts is not a work of fiction and it doesn’t take place in the French Revolutionary War. However, there are some similarity and you will see what I’m talking about. Continue reading “A Tale Of Two Smarts”

Here In My Garage: Pride and Humility

Have you seen it? There is an ad on YouTube featuring a self-help guru. It features a man standing in a garage and there’s a nearby Lamborghini.

What is it about? How does such an ad come to be mentioned here, on a Christian blog site? How does Stephen Curry fit into this? Please continue reading and you’ll find out. Continue reading “Here In My Garage: Pride and Humility”