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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

July 2015


Meadowlark Lemon's Wisdom

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

When I was a Staff Pastor at a large church in Tennessee we invited Meadowlark Lemon, the retired Harlem Globetrotter, to come and speak on Super Bowl Sunday. Every year we invited different Christian sports figures to speak and then invited the community to come and hear them. As the one responsible for the College Ministry of the church I arranged a luncheon in our gymnasium so the college students could meet him and be encouraged by his story of keeping his Christian principles in the media spotlight. I also invited the basketball team of Austin Peay State University, located in our city, to come and meet this famous basketball player. As an activity I arranged a Free Throw Competition between Mr. Lemon and the college players.

When the competition started the college players noticed that Meadowlark was still in his street shoes and his three-piece suit from earlier. He stepped to the Free Throw Line and the players began to feed him the basketballs. This famous player made five in a row, then continued to ten…fifteen and twenty free throws in a row…he never missed! The college team Captain raised his hand and asked Meadowlark how he had learned to make so many free throws without missing. I remember seeing the look of confusion on his face when he answered… “They’re FREE!  …Why would anybody miss a free one?”

I was impressed with Meadowlark Lemon’s skill and wisdom. With an unobstructed view of the goal, at a short distance, with no one contesting the shot he could not imagine missing a FREE one. That analogy helped me to understand that there are other FREE  things we all have; we just need the wisdom to possess them. For instance, happiness is free; we just have to decide to be happy. A good attitude is free; we choose our attitude every morning when we wake up. In the New Testament, 2 Timothy 1:7 covers three other things that are FREE… it says: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” So, He has given us the power (to have a relationship with Him and to represent Him in this world. He has given us love (to share with those around us) and He has given us a sound mind (the ability to see the needs around us and apply His principles in our world), although some of you would probably debate whether He has given me, or certain other ancient members of the Board, a sound mind.

I encourage all of you to take advantage of the FREE things all around you and teach those you influence to embrace the same things. The free things are the best things!

May your FREE STUFF be blessed.
Max Holt, Class 02-67, Association Chaplain 


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