Stockdale, Krantz, and the AKAPEPCOTU

As you continue to confront the danger, disruption, and uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic . . . some words of wisdom and hope:

Admiral James Stockdale (1923-2005), Vice Admiral, USN, Medal of Honor recipient, longest serving prisoner of war in the Vietnam War:

“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality.”

Gene Krantz (1933-), NASA Senior Flight Director, during the Apollo 13 lunar mission:

“Let’s work the problem, people.”

AKAPEPCOTU (the All-Knowing, All-Powerful, Ever-Present Creator of the Universe):

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”  (Isaiah 26: 3-4)

Confront the brutal facts of your current reality, without ever losing faith that you will prevail in the ultimate outcome.  Solve the root cause of the problem, don’t treat its symptoms.  Know where you stand with Who stands before you.