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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

April 2014


Don’t go off half-cocked!

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

Have you ever heard the old saying, “Don’t go off half-cocked?” Growing up on a farm we did a lot of hunting. That way, we put a lot of meat on the table for our family of 10.  I remember that our shotguns had a safety, activated by pulling the hammer half way back, into the half-cocked position. That way we could walk safely through the woods toward the hunting area. Once in the hunting area we were supposed to pull the hammer all the way back to be ready to fire. I was too young to have a gun but I remember some of my brothers failing to bring home supper because they left their guns in the half-cocked position and couldn’t fire when the opportunity arose.            

I’m talking about being prepared for whatever endeavor you are pursuing. Luke 14:28-30 says, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, this fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” I see a lot of people who waste too much time and energy starting or getting involved in things without considering the full impact on their lives. This mistake takes a wide variety of forms. I see a lot of people who make significant financial commitments based on a whim or on poor research and end up over their heads in debt, especially credit card debt. Some younger people will make the decision to change jobs so often that they never build a foundation in a career and do not have the experience or training to move to a higher level in salary or any other area of concern. There are many who do not consider the cost of failing to work on their relationships as they age, only to be hurt as their relationship falls apart. One of the fastest growing segments of the national divorce rate is ‘following the 25th Anniversary!’            

I realize that we live in a microwave world. We get impatient if our meal takes more than three minutes to prepare. However, when you compare a microwave dinner to a 5-course meal carefully prepared at a fine restaurant I think you would choose to wait patiently. We get suckered in to being impatient because most things in life seem to happen quickly.  TV sitcoms resolve serious social issues in 30 minutes.  Advertisers tell us we can have it all and we can also have it NOW!  It is okay to rush some things but when considering the things that really matter it is best to listen to the truth in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self‑control. Against such things there is no law.”  How about that; patience is a spiritual thing that will help you in the real world and can prevent you from going off half-cocked!   

 Common Sense Application

1.  In financial matters, delay commitments for a period of time and consult trusted advisors. Professionals like Dave Ramsey ( give great advice.

2.  In spiritual matters, immerse yourself in God’s Word on a daily basis. Find a church with quality Bible Study and Worship and attend regularly. Develop a consistent prayer life.  

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