Whining comes naturally to most of us. If you’re not sure of this just listen to your kids. “Do I have to?” Ever heard that one? We get annoyed when our kids say that, but we aren’t a whole lot different.
We want everything to go our way, especially in our writing life. When someone criticizes our writing, or we get a rejection, we whine like a pro. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done that too.
Magically our writing life is supposed to go like clockwork. It should be easy as long as we work hard. NOT!
But while we are complaining, perhaps we should take a look at some authors who laid a lot on the line for what they were writing. They suffered, found disappointments and died all as a part of their journey.
Let’s first look at Moses. He grew up as a prince, couldn’t speak well, killed someone and ran like a coward instead of being judged. God gave him words through his brother Aaron and he went back to face his fears, so God could use him to free his people.
Moses’ life was not glamorous, especially not at the end where he died in the wilderness at the age of 120 before seeing the Promised Land because of his disobedience in using God’s power at Meribah. Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible.
How about Paul? Paul got a name change before he became an author. Guess even back then, pen names were handy. Think about it, who would read a book about Jesus written by one of the leading persecutors of Christians?
Paul experienced God on the road to Damascus and had a life changing experience. He preached the gospel as a missionary to many people groups. During his life he was shipwrecked, stoned and left for dead, beaten, robbed, imprisoned, bit by a poisonous snake and hungry.
Paul’s life reeked of suffering. He wrote more books of the Bible than any other person.
Makes you sit back and think. I don’t have anyone beating me, throwing me in prison or stoning me. My author’s journey today is much easier than that of Moses and Paul. Maybe I shouldn’t complain so much.
Do you know another great author who has suffered in life, but wrote loved books?