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Devotional Thoughts

 Devotional Thoughts
 The Spiritual Side of Our Website

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: MaxHolt@ArmySignalOCS.com


by LTC (R) Max Holt, Class 02-67

July - August 2017

BE PREPARED

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

I remember when I was a little guy who had just joined the Boy Scouts. The first thing they taught us was the Scout Motto: BE PREPARED. That motto was coined in 1908 by Baden-Powell, an English soldier, who founded Brittan’s SCOUTING FOR BOYS. In 1910, Boy Scouts of America was founded, retaining the original Motto…Be Prepared.

I did a Google search on those two words and got 844 million results. Must be a lot or ‘preppers’ out there! Actually, it makes a lot of sense to be prepared, no matter what endeavor you embark upon. You prepare for shopping, for dinner, for a meeting, for an outing with friends, for a wedding, for vacation, for a trip to the OCS Reunion, and many preppers will hoot & holler that we should all prepare for the Big Disasterthe unknown. Considering the unknowns associated with the terrorism atmosphere in the world, more and more people are engaged in varying levels of preparation.

In the Biblical story of Noah, God had him start building the Ark over 100 years before it would be needed. Of course, he and his sons were doing the job by hand, without modern tools, so it was gonna take a while to git-er-dun! As a side-note, NOAH the movie, made a couple of years ago, was the biggest joke ever…NO relation to the Biblical account. The only thing the movie got right was the shape of the Ark. An ARK was NOT a boat…it was a rectangular-shaped box, used for transporting stuff. The story begins in Genesis 5:32, when Noah was 500 years old (and you guys complain about mowing the lawn!). In chapter six, God gives the dimensions of the Ark. There is no record anywhere that God intended for Noah to build the Ark to look like a boat… pointed on the end. The Ark had no power and didn’t have to GO anywhere… it just had to float on the surface of the flood waters. Pretty much all churches even get that part wrong in their depictions of the Ark. Oh, well… after a couple of thousand years of pointy-ended Arks, it is a perfect example of how myth becomes truth to generations of people.

My point is… Noah labored in preparation for over 100 years to save mankind. So, what kind of preparation are you doing? Are you prepared for the legacy you will leave behind? Are you preparing yourself, spiritually, for someday to be pushing-up-daisies? Of course, there are the legal questions… the Will… the Funeral Plan… the Insurance… the Living Will… and all the other things we avoid discussing for as long as possible.  OCS taught us well to Plan Ahead… to Be Prepared. That ability to be prepared has served us well… especially in combat. Well, aging can be considered a type of combat. I encourage you to use that training to prepare yourself and your family.

I do Grandkid Training from time to time. The other day was a Grandkid Training Day. I took the teenage-ones to lunch. I gave them paper and had them write their birth date in the upper left and a date 100 years later on the far right. I told them that medical technology could easily have them living for 100 years. I then had them draw a long dash between the two dates. I told them that they had little or no control over those two dates… but, they had great control in the DASH between the two. I told them that, as they prepared to live in their Dash, there would be an untold number of decisions they would have to make. I told them that everything in their lives was preparing them for their Dash… their parents, grandparents, school, college, future employers, their spiritual training in their churches, etc. I then had them list on the paper everything… the dreams/goals they had for their lives. Some of their lists were long…some were short. I told them that their likely-hood of success would depend on the decisions they make and the preparations they make in life. I encouraged them to brainstorm and try to decide what their PURPOSE would be in life. I reminded them of the old saying… ”Those who know HOW…will always have a job…working for those who know WHY.”

So, are you still pursuing YOUR purpose? Are you transferring it to those you love… helping them be prepared? Unless you are Shirley MacLaine, you only get one shot at life. One day, life will end… for me and for you. Regardless of your faith connection or tradition, the question is valid...

ARE YOU PREPARED?

Max Holt, Class 02-67
Association Chaplain

 



Prior Month Devotionals
May '11 Jun '11 Jul '11 Aug '11 Sep '11 Oct '11 Nov '11 Dec '11 Jan '12 Feb '12 Mar '12 Apr '12
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
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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
May '17 Jun '17 Jul 17 Aug 17 Sep 17 Oct 17 Nov 17 Dec 17 Jan 18 Feb 18 Mar 18 Apr 18

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