Doing What is Right Even if Some Say It’s Wrong

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,

Copyright 2020, J Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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