25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, English Standard Version).
In his book Start with Why, Simon Sinek talks about our desire to find significance in this life. He says we find that significance in the ways we serve. He talks a bit about a practice in the Marine Corp where the higher your rank the further back you are in the chow line. The practice so impressed Sinek, he titled his next book after the practice, Leaders Eat Last. I bought that book based on the title alone. I love the title but liked Start with Why as a book better. Sinek believes that leaders see themselves first and foremost as a servant.
I am a proud Navy veteran. I loved my time in the Navy. I have little doubt that if I wouldn’t have had a family at home I would have stayed in the Navy.
In the past couple of weeks I haven’t wanted to wear my Navy t-shirts (I have worn them but did think twice before I did). I have not felt ashamed to have been in the Navy before, but when national leaders ignored the needs of 200 plus crew members ( and growing) have this dangerous virus and the captain’s concerns fall on deaf ears, stronger action seemed to be the only way Captain Crozier had left.
As several news outlet have reported, the crew’s sleeping quarters are very tight. They are very large rooms but the sailor’s beds are maybe thirty inches between bunks. A top rack (the Navy name for a bed) has more sleeping room but they are the last racks taken and if you get stuck with one you wait anxiously to get to move down.
When a bug gets into a berthing compartment, it goes threw the crew sleeping in that compartment like wildfire. They needed to gain control over the virus and quickly. It is difficult to do that when those carrying the bug are still onboard.
Captain Crozier stepped up and put his career on the line for the good of his crew. I don’t know how other military branches approach something like that but in the Navy Captain Crozier would have known he was placing his career in jeopardy. He did it anyway.
My first captain was a lot like Captain Crozier. Captain Kingston never had to go to the matt for his crew the way Captain Crozier did. I have little doubt he would have done it if needed and we loved him for it.
In watching the video reports, Captain Crozier’s crew loved him and are angry their captain is being replaced.
In an article I read earlier in the week, the speculation is, Crozier’s career is likely over. Still, he took care of his crew, a Navy officers responsibility.
Because I was enlisted and Captain Crozier is an officer our experiences are different. I hope he finds peace in his decision because at the end of the day, it might not have been the Navy decision but I believe it was the right decision because Captain Crozier served his crew. And, thank God he did.
Have a blessed night.
Seeking the Genuine,
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