John Bunyan persevered. He stuck to the path God had placed him on. He didn't veer off when hardships came. He continued preaching and writing against incredible adversity.
Christian, the main character in Pilgrim's Progress, mirrors Bunyan's personal journey. Christian presses on against numerous trials, temptations, and obstacles until he finally reaches his goal: the Celestial City.
The lives of John Bunyan and Christian are an inspiration to me as a writer. Often I expect the writing road to be smooth and easy. I want to make it to the City of Publication right away, forgoing the hard work and the difficulties, passing by the steep uphill climb.
I pray for God's grace and wisdom to keep me on the hard path. John Bunyan said: If you can hear and bear the rod of affliction which God shall lay upon you, remember this lesson. You are beaten that you may be better.
Fellow Pilgrims, what troubles have you faced in your writing journey that have made you better?