Many things have been said about the passing of Mike Schwartz, a dear friend to many in the pro-life movement. In the past few days I’ve read numerous tributes memorializing his wisdom, humility, grace, and perseverance.
Yet, there is one description of Mike that has been missing: leader.
John Maxwell has often written that the “leadership is influence, nothing more or less.”
In his soft-spoken, humble, and wise way, Mike would always make time for pro-life leaders coming to him for advice and listen his way to influence. When a 21 year old, no-name, soon-to-be pro-life leader would walk into his office, intimidated by his position, he would make them her feel right at home as he was a champion for the up-and-comer, the underdog who was seeking a way to change the nation. He was never too busy for you.
And while you can do a Google search on his name and he doesn’t appear on the first page results, Mike was a leader because his influence can be witnessed all over Washington, D.C. and the pro-life movement.
As he was such a great mentor to me, I think it’s fitting that Mike lived his life like the candles in the Students for Life of America logo – passing on his passion and wisdom to the next generation.
Well done my friend.