What I’m about to share is over a year old and some things have changed, but I thought it was worth revisiting =)
I think out of all the things I’ve had happen the hardest is when people close to me don’t take me seriously. It’s like they don’t think there are people who actually do this, or maybe they think I won’t be very successful. (After all I Christian productions not as successful as secular ones, right?) Now I realize that at this point, I’m hardly successful; this is probably due to the fact that none of my works are finished. But one has to finish them first! I guess I get too impatient sometimes. That’s probably one of the most important lessons of being a writer or someone creative. Patience! For a while it’s going to be like nothing’s happening, particularly if your new to writing and you set out to write an allegory, or you don’t know how to schedule your writing times or whatever. It’s always a challenge. The level of challenge will probably vary depending on your personality; for example if you’re one that wants to see results instantly, it will be very taxing on you. But that’s when you need to go to God and ask Him to help you learn whatever lesson he’s trying to teach you through the “hard times.”
How should one define success? You know, one time I asked God I said, You know, I’ve been looking at ways I can make money and I don’t want to be poor. And I want to be able to this and that. Is that wrong? I mean that’s the world’s way of looking at things, right? Is it wrong for me to think this way?
He said, Well, not completely. You do need to be making a decent living to support a yourself and a family. But success is not measured in the material things, but in how well you know me.
I believe that’s the most important thing in any case. If it brings you closer to God it’s well worth it. I must say that writing about things that are bigger than me has helped me to mature. Being mature is not about talking big and sounding smart, although it is useful to have a good vocabulary. Being mature is realizing that you don’t know everything that you need to listen to other people, and most importantly, that you need God to be the Master of your life.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my ramblings, thanks for reading!