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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

June 2014


What do you do up there when the engine quits? Obey the law!

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Being a pilot I know the answer to the classic question; what do you do if the engine quits? Answer: Obey the law of gravity! In 1642 Sir Isaac Newton defined the Law of Gravity, which states, “All objects in the universe attract each other with a force which is proportional to their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between their centers.” Sounds pretty complicated to me. All I know is, when I drop something it always falls to the floor and usually rolls under the lowest piece of furniture and ends up against the wall with the dust and spider webs! You know what I’m talking about. Newton’s Law is always supplemented by Murphy’s Law! Here’s the point; things that are dropped always end up lower than they were before.   

Let’s look at it another way. Things that are not kept up will invariably do down. For instance, if you don’t keep the maintenance up on your car, it will deteriorate in its usefulness as a vehicle. If you don’t keep up with your car keys you just might be late to work. If you don’t keep up with the latest changes in your career you will be left behind. If you don’t keep up with what it takes to maintain a relationship it will become shallow and could fail. If you don’t keep up with your need for spiritual growth you will become spiritually dry and be a better target for Satan. Get the point? It takes a lot of effort to keep things up! Left to themselves, most things will deteriorate, go down, fall, fade, etc.

Paul warned what would happen if you do not keep up with learning spiritual principles in an environment with Christian friends. In Colossians 2:8 he warned, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Those who are not up on their spiritual philosophy are more susceptible to the false philosophy of others. Paul also said, in 1st Corinthians 13:16, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” When you stand firm in your faith it will not so easily deteriorate or go down. 

 Common Sense Application

1. How do you stay up spiritually? I guess I could say that this devotional is brought to you by the letter ‘D’; discipline! First it requires a genuine desire to stay up. Remind yourself of the benefits of an up relationship with God. Think about how your heart is at peace when you and God are in close relationship. Commit yourself to a consistent routine of Bible study and prayer.

2. Develop a credible accountability partnership with a trusted friend who will tell you when you are slipping downward in your spiritual excellence and help you re-energize your close walk with God.

3. Reduce the distractions in your life that tend to encourage sloppiness in your spiritual life; things such as inappropriate TV programs, inappropriate surfing on the Internet, frequenting inappropriate places and even friends who do not care about spiritual excellence.

4. Get ready for some spiritual sweat because it takes WORK to stay UP!  

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