Be Patient!


David Faust
David Faust

By David Faust

(From our series “The Best or Worst Advice I’ve Ever Received.”)

Worst advice about choosing a career (from my high school guidance counselor in 1972): “Don’t go into ministry. You will waste your life.”

Best advice about choosing a career (from my Bible college professor, Charles A. Lee, in 1974): “Spend your life on things that matter. The worst curse in a job isn’t working for a difficult boss or being underpaid. The worst curse is meaninglessness.”

Best advice about marriage (from a magazine article I read shortly after getting married in 1975): “Don’t overanalyze your marriage. It’s like yanking up a fragile indoor plant every 20 minutes to see how its roots are growing.”

Best advice about ministry (from Ben Merold in 1983): “Be patient. Overnight success usually takes about 10 years.”

David Faust serves as associate minister with East 91st Street Christian Church.

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