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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

July 2012


When you're in trouble and facing trauma, call 1-800-YOURMAMA!

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

One day on the farm Frank and I and our little sister Connie, ages 8, 6 and 5 respectively, were returning to the house at noon for dinner (that’s lunch to you city folks) and found our path to the back door blocked by our mean red-headed rooster we called Tom. He was guarding all the chickens in the yard. We were afraid because previous encounters left us with peck marks and scratches from the sharp talons on his feet.

We tried to sneak around the chickens but each time Tom would move over to challenge us. He would raise his wings, bristle his head feathers and lunge at us.  Connie began to cry; afraid we would never get to the house. Frank came up with a great plan (he’s famous for great plans!). The plan was for me and him to run past Tom and around the house so Tom would chase us, then Connie would run into the house and tell Mama, who would come outside and rescue us. Great plan!As planned, Tom ran after us as we disappeared around the house. Just as planned, Connie ran into the house. But, she forgot to tell Mama about Tom! We were on our third trip around the house, with Tom gaining on us, when we realized we were in trouble. We were thirsty, hot, tired and losing steam. We began to yell, “Mama, Mama!” She heard us during the fourth circle and as we rounded the back of the house there stood Mama, hiding at the corner with her broom over her shoulder like Babe Ruth. When Tom appeared Mama hit a home run! Tom became a frequent flyer and feathers went everywhere as he flew about 20 feet backwards! The chickens all gathered around clucking and squawking as Tom staggered off to the hen house. From that day forward Tom ran every time he saw Mama or a broom!

I want to use this event to illustrate four types of people I have seen in my ministry. The first type is like Connie; shallow in their commitments and prone to take lightly the promises they make to you (she was only 5!). The second type is like Frank and me; running from their fears and challenges with no real plan on what to do if things don’t go as planned. The third type is like Tom; arrogant, aggressive insensitive to others and always demanding their own way. And the fourth is like Mama; a person of integrity, a friend who can be depended on to help you face adversity with confidence and action! Which one are you; Connie, Frank and me, Tom or Mama, the person of action? Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...” I encourage you to be a person of quality and action, just like Mama. 

  Common Sense Application

1.  Never promise what you can’t deliver! Write them down and fulfill them as promised.

2.  Stop running from those things that challenge and frighten you. Make a commitment to tackle the hardest tasks first each day and the rest of the day will be a breeze.

3.  If you are arrogant and insensitive like Tom you will be the last to realize it. Hints include the lack of close friends, business associates who avoid you and continuous shallow relationships. Pray, ask someone you trust to give you an honest assessment of your personality and listen to them.

4.  When you find changes are needed in your life, take action! Make the changes! Be a person of character and action, just like Mama. 


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