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This part of the site features monthly devotional thoughts by the Association's Chaplain, with the goal of encouraging Signal Corps OCS Graduates to be exceptional in their lives and to live life at a higher level.  Our current Chaplain is of the Christian faith, so naturally, his devotionals are fashioned around his Christian beliefs. Your comments and suggestions are welcome and can be offered directly to the Chaplain by eMail at:

by LTC (R) Max Holt, Class 02-67

January 2012


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Happy new year! 

Gluckliches neues Jahr! (German) 

Seh‑heh yea bouk mahn‑he‑baht uo‑seh‑yoo! (Korean)

 C HoBbim Toaom (Russian)

Felice Anno Nuovo! (Italian)

Feliz Ano Nuevo! (Spanish)


Any way you say it, the hope is still the same for all of us. The new year brings an opportunity to forget last year with all its challenges and missed possibilities. It is an opportunity for us to look forward to the excitement of 365 days in which to make changes and grow in all areas of our lives. Most of us make some sort of resolutions or promises to ourselves about things we are going to stop or things we are going to start during the New Year. But, as we all know, it is easy to make promises. It takes determination, patience, time and honesty to keep most of those promises. 

Suppose every promise you made, I mean EVERY ONE, was written down and you were required to sign on the dotted line? You would probably think twice before making most of them. It is amazing how we sometimes flippantly agree to do or go or say something, only to forget and say, "Oh, well, I’ll just say I’m sorry and everything will be okay." The problem is that the person to whom you made the promise may begin to reevaluate your honesty and friendship. If you have had the problem of failing to keep promises I encourage you to put that habit behind you and start fresh with the four things mentioned above, determination, patience, time and honesty. Philippians 3:13 says, “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Imagine that there is a prize for forgetting the old things and pressing forward toward the new things!

Common Sense Application

1.  Carry a small notepad for a week and write down EVERY promise oF any kind that you make. Record the time and date you made good on each promise. You will be surprised what you discover.

2.  Ask a close trusted friend to tell you truthfully if you have ever broken a promise to them. If so, ask forgiveness and keep the promise if possible. Promise not to break future promises!

3.  Be determined to grow into a consistent promise keeper. You will be amazed how your reputation will improve among all those around you.


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Prior Month Devotionals
May '11 Jun '11 Jul '11 Aug '11 Sep '11 Oct '11 Nov '11 Dec '11 Jan '12 Feb '12 Mar '12 Apr '12
May '12 Jun '12 Jul '12 Aug '12 Sep '12 Oct '12 Nov '11 Dec '11 Jan '13 Feb '13 Mar '13 Apr '13

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