The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

Are You in it for the Long Haul?

Bible Character:  Mary

Endurance is an important attribute of a leader.  Mary, the mother of Jesus, persevered more than most people could ever imagine.  What an honor, to be the mother of the most important person who ever lived.  What a great responsibility God gave to Mary.

Luke 12:48 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

What characteristics of Endurance did Mary display?


After Mary’s pregnancy was revealed to the public she suffered great humiliation.  She was strong enough to give birth to Jesus, only later to watch him be beaten by the authorities, and eventually killed.  It would have been hard to work through the disappointment, but leaders need to show strength during difficult times.

Long Term Vision

Mary understood the mission was bigger than her.  We all have to realize this, and continue to pursue a long term vision for our organization.  This is more than just meeting a few quarterly financial initiatives.  We need to be really reaching to meet the goals and priorities that will make the future better.  Mary understood that Jesus’ purpose was the most important thing.


Mary never stopped being involved with Jesus’ ministry.  She guided Jesus into his first miracle, was there to watch his death, and stuck with the disciples in the upper room even after Jesus’ ascension.  Many might think that after giving birth to Jesus her work was done; but she stayed involved. As leaders it is easy to think that we don’t have to keep an eye on the small stuff, and that all we need to do is think about #2, long term vision.

Mary was in it for the long haul and completed her mission!






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2 thoughts on “Are You in it for the Long Haul?

  1. There is a coldness to your thesis that Mary was a leader. What we really know about Mary was that she was a mother with a mother’s heart for her son. Mothers are leaders to their children, so it is fair to look at her leadership but I doubt if it can be extrapolated to be applicable to apply out of context.

  2. Maggie,

    Thanks so much for your thoughts, I can see where you are coming from. I guess what struck me during the writing of this entry was how involved Mary was with Jesus’ ministry. She helped initiate his first miracle, and in the end stuck with the disciples even after Jesus’ death. It seemed to go a step further than what would have been expected of her, that really impressed me.

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