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Dr. Raymond Vath said, “We must do for others what they cannot do for themselves, but we must not do for them what they will not do for themselves. The problem is finding the wisdom to know the difference.”

As I listened and observed intently the commentators speak positively about the life of the late Senator John McCain and his service in the military and the Senate, what struct me the most was the unselfish things he did for others, ignoring what effect it might have on his own life.

As a prisoner of war in Vietnam, Senator McCain was tortured by his enemies many times as he endured five years of imprisonment. He sustained the torture of being suspended by his limbs and beatings which left him with lifelong physical disabilities. This horrible torture is unimaginable to most of us.

At one point during his five years as a POW, he could have been released before other soldiers who had been imprisoned longer than he had because of his status as the son and grandson of Navy admirals. However, he refused to be released ahead of others. During his imprisonment he kept a positive attitude, a faith if you will, that transcended above all, understanding that someday he would be released along with the other soldiers imprisoned.

Senator McCain did for others what they could not do for themselves by refusing to be released before them. His positive attitude and faith were the sparks that ignited the fire of love and compassion demonstrated throughout his life as a senator. His heroism was demonstrated in full force on the senate floor in the wee hours of July 27, 2017, when he cast the deciding vote with a thumbs down not to repeal the affordable health care act.

Honor, courage, and commitment are the core values for the U.S. Navy. Notice that they are the values each of us as employees of LHP embrace.  Certainly John McCain embraced these values as a senator, demonstrated by the things he did to make America great. His life was the powerful picture of what enduring faith is. It was a faith that endured even martyrdom if necessary as a POW.

Women and men of everyday life who are not necessarily leaders, but who have one distinctive trait–they believe God–endure in faith no matter what attacks them. They never accept defeat; therefore, they are never defeated. They never lose hope; therefore, they are never left hopeless because they endure in faith. No matter their circumstance, difficulty, threat, pain, torture, or death, they endure and hold fast to their faith. So, keep a positive attitude and Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten