John-Boy Walton wrote his novel, not quite confident in his skills. In yesterday's episode he told his professor he couldn't continue his work.
A fire he suspected he caused had gutted the upstairs of their home. With all the chaos, he couldn't write and he didn't expect to again.
The professor said something like "You can't stop now. There are millions of talented people in the world but they always are going to write the novel or do some great work tomorrow, but they never do. Only the few who decide to overcome rejection, disappointment, discouragement and lack of faith in their work and themselves succeed in using what God gave them."
The man advised John to quit struggling with the novel, relax and allow his heart to flow into the book. Instead of sitting on the side of a bed where he was a guest (because the family had nowhere to sleep), John-boy went out of a hillside and his character followed. John-boy began to write what he saw and felt and the story came to life again.
Every writer quits in his mind over and over, but those with grit and faith learn rejection need not be a mortal injury--it can teach us what to do better, or sometimes that one person may hate a manuscript while another will love it.
What am I doing with my talent? Writing and not being afraid to send it out into the world and see what "seed shall prosper, either this or that."
Solomon wrote, "In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good" (Ecclesiastes 11:6).