This quote does make me wonder how many books that could be written are never written. How many inventions are in the inventor's mind but do not find their way to an invention for lack of courage? How many dreams are never realized because we are afraid? Are we wasting our talents?
Lack of courage is something that has held me back in the past and I still struggle with it, but I'm trying to get a handle on it. Trusting in God that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me has been helping me to find that courage to achieve my dreams.
I agree with Scarlett O'Hara, that "after all...tomorrow is a new day." No matter what happened yesterday or if today is not going exactly as you planned, keep your chin up and be courageous in your heart because the sun will come up again.
I received an encouraging email from a reader yesterday saying that she loved how one of my characters exhibited such strong faith throughout the story. She enjoyed reading the journey of how another character lost her way and then found the road back to a strong faith in God. It's awesome to know that one of my books has encouraged a reader. It helps to keep me going, knowing that my words can inspire others.
Today, just when I needed to hear it, one of my husband's cousins posted on my facebook page to keep giving status updates on my book because he loves to hear when family members are doing well and that I've been giving God the glory. He was encouraged by that, but I felt even more encouraged by what he wrote. Some times as authors, it's very lonely; especially when you don't always get feedback and know if your work is making a difference in this world.
If you have an encouraging story to share about your writing journey, please contact me. I would love for you to be a guest on my blog. I feel that it is so important for authors to stay connected with fellow authors. We need to encourage each other in our writing journeys.