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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 - June 2017

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

Some say that the human race can be lumped into two groups: the Glass-is-half-empty Group and the Glass-is-half-full Group. These two groups are better known as the Pessimist Group and the Optimist Group. Few of us like to admit that we are pessimists and would be quick to say that we are just realists.

I heard a story about a rich man who had 10 year old twin boys. One was a diehard pessimist, always finding the negative in everything. His father was concerned that the kid’s pessimism would hurt his ability to succeed in life. The other twin brother was the opposite, always finding something positive in every situation, regardless of how obviously-dire the situation was. The father felt that he had to find a way to bring both of them more toward the center… having enough healthy skepticism, tempered with hope for a good outcome. He planned to teach them both a lesson at Christmas. That morning he had prepositioned their Christmas gifts in two separate empty rooms. In the pessimist’s room was a pile of every toy on the market, from video games to iPads and smartphones, stacked almost to the ceiling. In the optimist’s room was a pile of horse manure. 

On Christmas morning he sent them to their rooms to open their gifts, while he stood in the hallway and listened.  Within moments, the optimist was whooping and laughing and celebrating while the pessimist was crying and complaining. The dad ran to the pessimist’s room and found him sitting in the pile of toys, crying.  n the pile of toys, crying. 

The dad asked him what was wrong. he kid said that all of the toys used batteries and it wouldn’t be long before they would be out of power and he would then have to take the time to change all the batteries. The dad then went to the pessimist’s room and found the kid, laughing and celebrating, on his knees in the pile of manure, digging with his hands. The dad asked why he was so happy. The kid said, “Dad, with all of this horse manure, there’s got to be a pony here somewhere!”

I know… I know… three paragraphs to get in a lame joke. But, it does make a point, which is; Your attitude about life, be it pessimistic or optimistic, matters. It determines how you interact with people and how you design the legacy you will leave for your family. It determines how you will be remembered. At your funeral, will people be thinking, “I’m glad he’s out of his misery,” or will they say, “ What a great guy… I want to be like him?”

In the New Testament, Philippians 2:5 says, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” (NASB). Of course, Christ was the picture of love, service and sacrifice. A good dose of HIS ATTITUDE would do us all some good.

May your glass always be half full!

Max Holt, Class 02-67
Association Chaplain


Prior Month Devotionals
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May '12 Jun '12 Jul '12 Aug '12 Sep '12 Oct '12 Nov '12 Dec '12 Jan '13 Feb '13 Mar '13 Apr '13
May '13 Jun '13 Jul '13 Aug '13 Sep '13 Oct '13 Nov '13 Dec '13 Jan '14 Feb '14 Mar '14 Apr '14
May '14 Jun '14 Jul '14 Aug '14 Sep '14 Oct '14 Nov '14 Dec '14 Jan '15 Feb '15 Mar '15 Apr '15
May '15 Jun '15 Jul '15 Aug '15 Sep '15 Oct '15 Nov '15 Dec '15 Jan '16 Feb '16 Mar '16 Apr '16
May '16 Jun '16 Jul '16 Aug '16 Sep '16 Oct '16 Nov '16 Dec '16 Jan '17 Feb '17 Mar '17 Apr '17

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