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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

December 2012


When facing challenges in your life,
you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.

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

There are only two kinds of people in the world, thermometers and thermostats. I meet both types every day. Thermometers are the ones who are always checking the atmosphere and surroundings in your life, always knowing and telling you how things are, at least according to their perspective. These people do a lot of prying and talking and pretty much keep things stirred up most of the time. They are very judgmental and are quick to cast blame in every direction except theirs. I call them thermometers because they offer no solutions, only reminders of how uncomfortable things are. They complain about their situation but do nothing positive to make changes. They are all talk and no action. Philippians 2:14 has some advice for thermometers, “Do everything without complaining or arguing.”

Thermostats, on the other hand, are change agents. They not only make an accurate assessment of how things are, they also do what is required to change the situation.  You need to be like this and these are the kinds of friends you need. They can be depended upon to do what is right when they know what the facts are. Thermostats are consistent and dependable. II Thessalonians 3:13 says, “As for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” This kind of person will be there for you in good times and bad times.

So, I encourage you to test the atmosphere in which you live. Be a thermostat and bring back into proper range those things that are out of adjustment. Also, remember that even thermostats need to be re-calibrated back to the standard ever so often. Your standard must always be the Bible.

  Common Sense Application

1.  The next time someone complains to you about something affecting them, ask them several questions.

a.  When you prayed about this what did God reveal that you should do? If they haven’t prayed about it, stop right then and ask them to pray about it with you.

b.  What action are you going to take because of this problem?

c.  Would you like me to go with you to talk with the person with whom you have a problem? If they say YES then go, but pray beforehand that God will guide your conversation.

2.  Be honest with yourself (ask a trusted friend to help you be honest) and determine if you are a thermometer or a thermostat. Ask God to help you transition from the negatives of the first to the positives of the second. 


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