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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

February 2012


LTC (R) Max Holt - TodayLTC (R) Max Holt

My brother Dan, child number five out of our family of ten kids, was always a leader; he was very competitive. One day near a neighboring farm he and the neighbor's teenager challenged each other to a tree-climbing race. The goal was to be the first to climb to the top of a skinny thirty-foot pine tree growing near our house. They readied themselves at the base of the tree, one on either side. The GO signal was given and I watched them start the race up through the limbs. Since they were obscured by the branches as they climbed, we weren't sure who was winning, but we soon became sure of something else; their combined weight was more than the top of that skinny tree could support. We heard a loud crack and watched the top five feet of that tree, along with both climbers, come crashing through the other limbs and land on the ground, with Dan on the bottom! The rest of us jumped to untangle limbs and boys. Dan was the most seriously injured with scrapes, scratches and torn clothing. The worst part was his face; it was all bloody, his nose was broken and he was almost unconscious. I remember how frantically our mother arrived on the scene and finally got Dan to the doctor, sixteen miles away. Dan and the neighbor should have planned their climb more carefully. Without a plan, they picked the wrong tree to climb. Today Dan still bears the scars of that fall.

Are you racing through life, still trying to climb to the top without a plan? Have you stopped and analyzed your life enough to know you're even on the right hill? Have you written down your Bucket List yet? Do you have a plan of action on how you want to succeed and what to do when you achieve success? What part does God play in your career plans or your retirement? Have you prayed and asked God's direction for your life? You have probably heard the words, "Stop and smell the roses." Many people are rushing through their lives so fast that they don't even know that there are roses. Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." It is during those being still times that you can know God's Calling in your life. When you slow down enough to listen the your Heavenly Father and exalt Him in your life you will have a much better chance of arriving at the top of the right hill and having a plan on how to stay there longer. 

Common Sense Application

1.  Write down your goals (Bucket List) and your time frames for pursuing them.

2.  Make an assessment, at least quarterly, on how well you are climbing toward your List.

3.  Make a commitment to change directions when you determine you are climbing the wrong way.

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