Endurance: Endurance is a topic which many people in leadership are aware of, because of the demanding job of leadership. Leaders in the church need to be especially in tune to their mind, heart, soul, and body as they think about endurance. Endurance is the ability to keep going in the face of problems, difficult circumstances, and impossibilities.
Recently, I submitted a manuscript to be considered for publishing. It was denied. When I received the denial letter I was upset and sad. I have worked for years on this resource, and I wanted other women to have access to it. I reminded myself of the word endurance. Even though I am faced with a challenge and not knowing how to get this resource published, I will endure. During this time I was also tempted to assume or surmise about why the resource was not eligible for publication. Was it not good enough? Is it because I am a female leader? As leaders, we too have insecurities and it is at times like these when we face problems, difficulties, or situations which do not make sense that our insecurities can rise to the surface. We may not ever receive an answer to the question of “why” during difficult circumstances, and yet we have the option to endure. We can choose to put aside assumptions and surmising, and move forward, not allowing bitterness or resentment a place in our hearts and minds. I am reminded of Paul’s encouragement in Romans 5:3, where he tells us suffering and or tribulation produces endurance and or perseverance. No one likes the suffering, the trial, or the tribulation. Yet, somehow from the muddy messes of life we can have the fruit of endurance and perseverance. What a gift!
Endurance is an important quality or characteristic for women in leadership. Women in ministry and leadership are often in the minority, and may not be as valued as their male counterparts. Women face different types of struggles. Not only are women called to leadership, they are also called to other ministries like being a mother, a full time career woman, or supporting their partners in their ministry endeavors. Women have a lot of callings which demand their time and energy. Many times women decide to get married and have children before they pursue their calling to leadership, and naturally the years they give toward mothering can at times put them far behind male leaders in the church. Yet, women still give of their gifts and talents, even when it sometimes feels impossible. What situations in your life produce suffering, tribulation, or test your faith and endurance?
Women know a lot about endurance. As I think about our blog and all the readers from around the world I want to encourage you as you live out your calling and embrace both tribulation and endurance in your life. People may not know all of the struggles you face: caring for a sick husband who is terminally ill, caring for a child who struggles with autism, going to the church early to clean because you are the pastor’s wife, or mustering up the courage to preach or go to a business meeting which is full of men and very few women. Whatever your calling and role in leadership, be encouraged and know that you can endure. You can make it with God’s strength. When doors close or things do not go exactly as planned, keep trusting the Lord and your calling. God has called you to leadership, and God will make a way.
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