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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

May 2013


I remember when TEXT was just a noun!

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

Not long ago I heard a comedian talking about how technology had changed our lives.  In his routine he noted that…

“Technology is not our friend; I mean, if we can put a man on the Moon why can’t we keep that brown streak out of our underwear?”

Although I wouldn’t have put it that way, I get his point. But I think the biggest problem with technology is that it’s becoming a serious barrier to quality relationships.  Relationships are awkward enough when we encounter people face to face; when you put electronic devices between us, it gets worse. Answering machines are nothing more than barriers we can selectively put up and take down to fit the situation. Sure, answering machines serve a vital function in our fast-paced society, but we humans tend to overdo just about everything good in our lives. We have Caller I.D., Caller I.D. Blocker, Caller I.D. Blocker Identifiers, Voice Mail, Beepers, E-Mail, Skype, Video Conferencing, PDAs, Smart Phones, iPads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I am in an e-mail group with a bunch of guys who can sometimes get a little testy with each other over certain issues. I reminded them one day that it was too easy to see the other person as just lines of characters on a computer screen rather than a real person with needs and feelings.

How do you see others in your life; as a voice on an answering machine, as e-mail characters from cyberspace or a real person with whom you can communicate and get to know at a deeper level? I heard recently of a company boss who went on vacation and, while there, he used e-mail to fire several people because the company was downsizing. How tacky can you get!?

It would be great if all of us would understand that significant relationships require WORK (effort), TIME and an atmosphere free from barriers to communication and interaction. In Hebrews 10:25 the words, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing," do not just apply to church but are an encouragement to get together often with those we care about so that we can form relationships of significance.

 Common Sense Application

1.  Minimize electronic communication and insist on face-to-face time as often as possible.

2.  Do the work to have family gatherings where you have everyone turn off their electronic devices and actually talk, sharing stories about the family, future dreams, etc. 

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