On my DVD copy of the film Patton there is a short intro by the man who wrote the screenplay for the film.
He tells us he was 26 or 27 when he did the screenplay. The studio liked it and didn't like it. They kept it to make use of but they fired him because they thought it was too weird.
A few years later he was working on the set of The Godfather and his film crew happened to cross paths with another film crew. The man asked the other crew what they were working on and they told him, "Patton."
"Really," he responded in surprise. "Whose script are you using?"
"Some guy named . . . " and they used his name.
"Hey, that's me!" he told them.
Patton, based on this man's script, came out shortly afterward. It went on to win several Academy awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and . . . Best Screenplay. This man found himself in a tux on Oscar night clutching a small gold statue, much to his surprise and delight.
It couldn't have come at a more opportune time. The studio producing The Godfather was thinking of firing this man from their set due to his unusual (read "creative") ideas. However once he became an Academy award winner that changed everything and all talk of firing him went out the window. He stayed with The Godfather which eventually won several Academy awards of its own. The man's name was Francis Ford Coppola and he went on to make such films as The Black Stallion, American Graffiti, Lionheart, Apocalypse Now and The Godfather Part II.
He comments on how the things the studio thought were so weird about his screenplay have now become some of the most iconic images of the film, the scenes that are most remembered and praised. So he tells us, "Look, don't be discouraged when people don't understand or appreciate some of your deepest and most creative ideas. Stick to it. Don't lose your vision. The day will come when you will be understood. And maybe even rewarded."
This is something I'm sharing for all you writers out there who want to be published. It's something I'm sharing for all of you who are artists in any way, shape or form and who want to be understood. I'm thinking of pastors, church leaders, youth leaders, public servants, street lawyers, teachers, professors, psychologists. I'm thinking of everyone.
Don't give up on your deepest and truest ideas. Don't surrender your originality. Don't toss away your different angle, your unique perspective, your unusual way of approaching an issue, a problem, a mystery. Don't bury a special way of talking about God and prayer and faith. If you have something important to say, stick with it. The day will come, Lord willing, when what you have to say will be heard, when what you have to show the world will be seen. Don't lose heart. Continue to be your distinct identity in Christ and the day of vindication will come.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.