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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

September 2012


If you are designed to fly, to soar above the earth,
t’s dumb to hang around on the ground!


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

I remember the words my dad said, “He just stayed too long.” He was referring to one of our ducks when we were living on our northeast Texas farm. It was one of those strange winter weather days, when a Norther (cold north wind) moves in and changes 40-degree sunny weather into 25 degree freezing rain in the space of a few minutes. My brothers and I were doing the evening chores in the barn when the freezing weather hit so we hurried all the animals into their respective places and then scattered our flock of ducks, hoping they would fly from the barnyard to their roosting shed a hundred yards away. All of them did except one. He was perched on the top board of the fence and refused to leave, even though the freezing rain was covering his feathers and his feet. We soon gave up on him and all hurried out of the cold and into the house.

The next morning it was about 20 degrees and the ground was covered with a half inch of solid ice. Chores still had to be done so we bundled up and followed dad on the crunchy slippery trip to the barn. As we approached the gate we noticed that our duck was still on that fence, with his feet frozen solid to it! There were feathers lying all around on the ground and he was flapping his wings frantically, trying to fly away. With the duck pecking at him, my brother Dan took his pocketknife and began chipping the ice away. Finally released, and with a large chunk of ice still attached, the duck took off, only to crash into the ground after a few feet. He slid across the yard totally out of control. We finally picked him up, removed the remaining ice and carried him to his roosting shed.

Dad was right; he stayed too long in a place where he did not belong and under conditions unsuitable for ducks. I know many Christians who make a habit of living their lives in places they don’t belong and under circumstances inconsistent with God’s expectations. Sometimes they have become ingrained in lifestyle habits that can only be broken with great effort and even pain, much like the ice. When looking in the Bible for instruction about relationships with worldly things and people you can find these words in 2 Corinthians 6:17, “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.” Certainly, you have to form relationships with others around you if you intend to influence them with the good things of God but you can do that without going where you don’t belong and doing what violates God’s principles. After all, there are some places and situations in which ducks and Christians just do not belong!   

  Common Sense Application

1.  Take a close look at the lifestyle environment you have developed for yourself. List those places, people and habits which are inconsistent with God’s best for your life.

2.  Pray and ask God to help you with courage and wisdom as you begin to change those things.

3. Confide in a Christian friend the changes you are trying to make and ask that person to be an accountability partner to monitor progress and help you stay on track.

4.  Make a list of quality things and people you can substitute for the inappropriate ones.

5.  Make a promise to God and yourself that you are going to rise to the next level of quality in your life.


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