Hard Work if You Can Get It

By Eleanor Daniel

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

Eleanor Daniel
Eleanor Daniel

I think the best advice I ever received was the response I received to one question in a survey I did while in graduate school at Lincoln (Illinois) Christian College. The survey’s purpose was to ascertain the function and future of the work of the Christian education director/minister. My mentor insisted I include a question, “What is the future for women in this vocation?”

One reply from a prominent minister on the West Coast was clear and concise, “There will be a future, and it isn’t fair. But you will have to work harder and be better educated than men in the same position.” I took the advice to heart. And he was right, of course!

Eleanor Daniel, a retired Christian college and seminary professor, lives in Savoy, Illinois.

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