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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 2014


Could it be the black kitty with the white stripe down his back?

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

I know God must have made skunks for a good reason. Not being a skunk-lover I just can’t quite fathom what that reason could be! I remember the day on the farm when my Dad and one of my brothers, Frank, treed a skunk, thinking it was a opossum. The skunk won the confrontation and they were left in the middle of the stream trying to wash the smell off so Mom would let them in the house! One minister of Music I served with built a large beautiful house on a golf course soon after he arrived in town. There was one flaw; a gap in the access door leading under the house. Months later, during mating season for skunks, a half dozen of the creatures chose the crawl space of his house for their romantic encounter. The humans upstairs knew something wasn’t quite right but thought it was just wisps of skunk-dom from the fields nearby. It wasn’t until the skunks chewed a hole in the ductwork to the air conditioning system that the full effect of the unwanted guests was realized. At that point the situation was untenable and required immediate action. Hundreds of dollars and one skunk-trapper later the skunks were finally on their way to a new home.            

Sometimes, people get so busy that they leave gaps in their spiritual lives. Before long, unwanted temptations and influences sneak in and occupy space intended for better things. Soon things begin to smell funny! You begin to notice that there is something unpleasant about your life and your relationship with God. When you fail to notice gaps in your life and fail to keep out the things that don’t belong you can end up in sin. It doesn’t take much sin to make your life begin to smell. Ecclesiastes 10:1 says, “As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.” I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer but I’m smart enough to know that wisdom and honor are always better than a skunk under the house! I advise you to choose wisdom and honor.

 Common Sense Application

1. When you let sin creep in slowly it is not always obvious at first. That’s why you need a trusted Christian friend who has a good sense of spiritual smell and who will agree to be your accountability partner. Give that friend permission to be honest and up-front with you about areas of your life that are showing gaps. Listen and take action to keep your life smelling sweet.

 2. Be consistent in your attendance at worship services and in Bible Study. Guard your mind to keep it focused on the Word.

3. Keep the cobwebs off of your prayer life. It may help to keep a journal of prayer concerns and records of answered prayer.

4. If you consistently find that there are gaps in your spiritual life it may help to print a picture of a skunk and tape it to your mirror! Every morning you will be reminded what it smells like to God when you allow sin into your life. 

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