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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

August 2012


Before you go and start something it is a good idea to remember that
it’s always easier to start most things than it is to stop!

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

Years ago while working for the Navy in Norfolk, Virginia, I went on a tour of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy. Aircraft carriers are massive ships that dwarf almost anything around. This ship was about 10 stories tall above the water and has about forty feet under water when fully loaded. I was amazed to discover that it is over one thousand feet long, longer than three football fields. Below deck in the aircraft hangar it is completely hollow from end to end, meaning you could have three football games and not interfere with each other. It weighs millions of pounds when fully loaded with all equipment, supplies and 6,000 sailors, a population larger than many towns. Its four nuclear-powered, house-sized propellers can push it across the ocean at speeds exceeding 40 miles per hour! However, at full speed, it takes over four miles to stop that ship!

The term used for the force that keeps something moving in the same direction after it has started is the word inertia. The word momentum is similar, meaning that it gets easier to keep moving. As we go through life it is unavoidable that we will collect unneeded stuff that tends to weigh us down, that gives us unwanted momentum in the wrong direction. The result is that we have great difficulty making needed changes in our lives. A good example of being weighed down is when you move. Due to my military and ministry careers we have moved 21 times! I know firsthand the hassles of having too much stuff. When you collect stuff that doesn’t belong in your emotional, physical, or spiritual lives or even in your career you will find that it takes great effort, sacrifice or even pain to make positive changes. The Apostle Paul wrote about this problem in Hebrews 12:1 where he said, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” It could be that you are so loaded down with stuff that doesn’t belong in your life that you are having trouble running your race. Maybe it is time to do some spiritual and lifestyle house cleaning and carry a few loads to the dump!  

  Common Sense Application

1.  Be honest with yourself, as only you can be, and begin to make an assessment of everything you’ve included in your life.

2.  Write down all the negatives, the things that don’t belong in your spiritual life or things that prevent you from attaining your spiritual, relationship and career goals.

3.  Beside each negative write down the steps you must take to remove it or change it. Check off each step as you complete it.

4.  Pray for God to help you stick to the list until you succeed and when you do, give Him the glory!


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