Confidence In A Crisis

In 1965, Admiral Jim Stocksdale became the highest-ranking POW in the Vietnam War. He was in a concentration camp for eight years and was tortured repeatedly. His captors ripped off his fingernails, drove spikes into the most sensitive parts of his body, used electrical shock on him, beat him, and starved him. His experience was horrific.

When Admiral Stocksdale was finally liberated in 1973, he was asked how he managed to never lose confidence.

”I never lost faith in the end of the story,” he said. ”I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”

Admiral Stocksdale’s story should inspire us in dark times. He wouldn’t trade those eight years in concentration camp for anything. They were the defining moments in his life in which his character and faith were forged.

Romans 8:28 ”And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”

Because of Him,

Chris

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