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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 2013


But, be careful how thin you get!

LTC (R) Max Holt - TodayLTC (R) Max HoltI once heard a joke about a painter hired to repaint a church. After painting only one third of the front he realized he was running out of paint. With profit as the motive he thinned down the paint, and then continued to paint the church. When two thirds complete he again realized that he had not thinned the paint enough so he thinned it a second time and completed the job. Up close all the paint looked the same but as the preacher drove up and viewed it from a distance there were obviously three distinct shades of paint on the church. Proud of his work the painter yelled to the preacher, “Well, what do you think?” The preacher pointed his finger at the painter and yelled, “Re-Paint, and thin no more!”            

OK, so it was a lame joke but it proves my point. Thin is not always good. In the glitzy world of Hollywood and the media thin seems to win out over everything else. The thin fashion models displayed everywhere tell us we are not beautiful or handsome enough and that we all weigh too much to measure up. All too often though, thin is just an indicator of shallow, in both the Hollywood world and in the real world. There seems to be shallowness all around, in work ethics, in relationships, in families and in the spiritual commitments of people who call themselves Christian. In Luke 5:4 Jesus told Peter to go out in the deep water because He knew that was where the fish were. It is only when we get away from the thin and shallow that we experience the fullness of what life and God have to offer. Sure, there are always risks in these areas but risks can be healthy because they teach us discipline and help us appreciate what we accomplish in life. So, in a world of light this and that, reduced whatever and Readers’ Digest condensed everything else, it is good to know that God has a FULL MEAL for those who are hungry for Him. Matthew 5:6 gives the menu. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” When it comes to God’s best for us I don’t want to be on a diet, I want to be filled to capacity. How about you? 

 Common Sense Application

1.  Look for indicators in your life that tell how thin or shallow your spiritual life is, things such as a lack of time spent with God in prayer or Bible study, lack of attention in spiritual situations, such as Worship Services, and so on.

2.  Get into a serious Bible Study where God’s Word is studied in depth and where there is openness to honest questions and discussion.

3.  Search through your friends for a spiritual mentor who is deeper spiritually that you are. Ask that person to help you get to their level.

4.  Remember, spiritually deep water can be as scary as actual deep water. Stick with your quest and make the commitment to grow deeper with God. II Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

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Devotional Song: I Saw The Light, by Hank Williams

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