Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Your Worth - Your Life

What is Your Worth?

As my grandfather, and many others, used to say, “Our Word is our Worth.” To expand this equation, consider our salvation, our life, resides in Christ the Word made flesh.

Equivocally, “Our Word” equals Christ and “Worth” equals life. Therefore “Our Word is our Worth” equivocates “Christ is our Life,” or "Christ is our Salvation."

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the Spirit of Truth, it is impossible for Christ to lie. One may continue the equation saying, “Truth is our Life,” "Truth is our Salvation."

Consider this before giving your Word!

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
http://www.rickemeyer.com/

Respecting Time

How do you respect the time of others?

Considering life is composed of time, the internalization of the second greatest commandment is greatly reflected in our response to the time of others. Our response includes the spiritual, physical, and emotional contributions and extractions.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com



Thursday, December 23, 2010

How Do Champions Respond?

Spring 2003

To be a CHAMPION, we must THINK, PREPARE, and RESPOND as a CHAMPION!

CHAMPIONS focus on ACHIEVEMENT.

What is my Desired destination? What type of person passes through this destination? What attributes, or characteristics, do these achievers possess? What attributes do these achievers purge, delete, from their lives? What attributes I currently possess?

Which necessary attributes, or characteristics, do I need to acquire? Which of my current attributes do I need to strengthen? Which of my current attributes do I need to delete from my operating system?

How do I obtain, delete, and strengthen the appropriate attributes?

CHAMPIONS accept ridicule from others as an element of their journey.

Why do we receive ridicule? CHAMPIONSHIPS require THINKING differently than others. As the Bible illustrates in Proverbs 23:7, “As he thinks in his heart, so is he.” We are a product of our thoughts.

Ridicule derives from one’s thoughts, a lack of understanding while also lacking the desire to understand CHAMPIONS’ thoughts. Some mock what they do not understand! Why do some mock God? They lack any degree of understanding of God; they lack wisdom: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Proverbs 1:7). Certainly, no one completely understands God; some have received more wisdom than others. Proverbs 2:6 declares, “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;” we must “search for it as for hidden treasure” (Proverbs 2:4).

Suppose you absolutely knew a gold mine existed somewhere on a section of land you owned, 640 acres or one square mile. How long would you search for the gold mine? Would you quit after a month, six months, five years, or even 25 years? No! You would keep searching until you found the gold mine. Once found, you would continue digging, and mining all the gold possible from the mine. This same intensity and perseverance is required for mining wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and insight.

A CHAMPION digs deep into their soul in search of their gold mine of greatness, digging into the depths of their body and mind conquering unknown frontiers created within them. In Jeremiah, God says, “I knew you before I formed you in the womb.” God placed greatness within each of us long before our physical bodies existed. We find this greatness in seeking fellowship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with every ounce of energy we possess. He will reveal the doors to open, the paths to travel, and the keys to unlock our potential. Once unlocked, our potential is exponentially transformed into greatness. This greatness is only possible as a conduit of the Holy Spirit, submitting to obedience of our Heavenly Father.

Submitting to Christ requires challenging obedience and discipline. Included among these attributes are: the removal of limits. “With God, nothing is impossible.” God’s possibilities and wisdom are infinite. His word established creation. All boundaries are a fence built by him. He owns everything. If a rancher builds a fence creating a bordered pasture, yet owns the prairie on all sides of the pasture, he has the ability to remove the fence, expand the pasture if he desires. God may also expand the ‘pasture’ of possibilities; he may splice the fence to allow the temporary expansion of earthly possibilities, as he did with Elijah in the chariot to heaven.

The expansion of earthly possibilities permitted Lazarus’ return from death. This also illustrates Christ’s ability to raise anyone from apparent hopeless situations.

Expanding our thoughts requires great effort. Breaking ground, whether soil, physical, or mental digging in new territory. Breaking sod require greater horsepower than tilling previously broken ground. Developing physical fitness induces pain as our bodies increase their ability to achieve. Similarly is using the left hand for a right-handed person. We engage different neurons and muscles, requiring mental concentration to fire the synapse on new paths. This is also why articulating, either writing or speaking, new ideas is fatiguing.

We effectively express cogitable ideas, those grasped by the mind. Grasping involves enveloping an object or idea. Our hands only grasp those objects within a certain proportion to our hand size. My small hands prevent me from ‘palming’ a basketball, or accurately throwing a regulation football. Those with bigger hands easily palm and basketball. My friend Dean once welcomed NFL quarterback legend Joe Thiemann onto stage before a keynote speech. Afterwards, Dean commented on Joe’s enormous hands. His comparatively large hands enabled Joe to grasp the football, and accurately throw, deliver, or distribute, the ball anywhere on the football field.

Our minds, our thought process, must expand in proportion to the size of an idea; enabling us to grasp the idea with our minds before we are able to accurately distribute, or deliver, to an array of personalities and backgrounds in our audience. The audience may be listening to our keynotes or seminars; or they may represent our peers, colleagues, or families. Cogitation enables accurate, varied deliverance of ideas.

Recently a friend commented on the large quantity of sleep and food his teenage son required; along with the amount, his son is growing. His son’s physical growth necessitates immense energy. Intellectual expansion also requires great energy.

Muscle memory, establishing paths of neuron travel, allows for habits including fast running. Establishing mental neuron travel enhances rapid, critical thinking. Lyle Claussen continually states, “If you want to run fast, you have to run fast.” Equivalently, if we want to think quickly, deeply, and broadly: we must think quickly, deeply, and broadly. Repetition establishes cerebral neuron paths. Just a smooth, well-defined road with consistent traffic improves travel efficiency, so we improve mental efficiency with a smooth, well-defined neuron path with consistent thoughts of depth, and breadth.

Imagination development is directly related to mental progression. Imagination is a mental ‘muscle.’ The more we imagine, the greater efficiency and detail oriented we become. Imagination enhances cogitating ideas. Once conceived we then imagine the idea visually, rotating the idea in four and five dimensions with in our minds. Time and spirituality are the fourth and fifth dimension. The spirituality dimension allows us to think beyond ourselves, and our limitations. How does this idea correlate with scripture? If so, which ones? Is this idea a proponent of the two greatest commandments? If so, how? Are there any negative side effects of this idea? Do the benefits outweigh the risks: physically, mentally, and spiritually, both immediately and in another century?

Visualizing an idea is literally mentally grasping the idea, because we are enveloping the idea with in the boundaries of our minds. An idea we are unable to fully visualize, see in our mind’s eye, rotating multi-dimensional is not yet grasped. The greater our imagination, the greater is our ability and efficiency to grasp new ideas. Grasping precedes fully capitalizing on the idea.

Returning to the analogy of the quarterback: he may be able to see and deliver to one open receiver. The quarterback’s value increases as his ability to see and deliver to multiple receivers. Our values exponentially increases with our ability to see and deliver additional possibilities with grasped ideas, mentally enveloped in our minds hand made by our creator.

When imagining, inclusion of all five senses strengthens results. Perhaps we commence with the visual image, followed by sound, smell, touch, and taste. We are now empowered mentally to live, the idea! Living an idea permits the accumulation of experience, at least cerebral. Experience facilitates advancement of conceptual depth and breadth. A communicator’s responsibility is simplifying the idea for the audience. Genius is simplifying the complex! We simplify cogitable ideas.

When the aforementioned gold mine is found, we then must extract and package the gold for the jewelry market. Once gold is adequately packaged for marketing, the potential customer base expands exponentially to include millions of people. The gold mine of our minds is the same. Once we package ideas cogitable to the masses, our customer base also expands exponentially. The Holy Spirit sends prepackaged cogitable ideas.

Let them See, Let them Believe, Leave them Desiring to Achieve!

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

www.rickemeyer.com

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Trust the Lord's Calculations

December 22, 2010

Proverbs 3:5 – 7 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”

Do you remember chemistry or physics courses in school? The method to derive the correct answer often seemed illogical. Simple math failed to solve the equation. Chemistry and physics equations requires one knowing and properly using constants, such as the speed of gravitational acceleration of 9.81 meters per second per second. Chemistry calculations frequently use Avogadro’s number of 6.023 x 1023 particles /g. atom. We could easily list a vast array of constants and factors necessary for advanced calculations.

Constants such as those above along with similar factors appear as common sense for those who interact with them on a daily basis. I am told that Beta Sig alumnus and world renowned Professor of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University, Dr. Larry Erickson, quickly calculates extremely advanced equations in his mind. To assure proper perspective, one of his undergraduate students told of an assignment where the calculation endured for forty minutes in Microsoft Excel. These equations epitomize complexity!

Most of us, at least this author, struggle to see any connective logic when comparing the raw data with the final product. Is your mind also boggled from these and even simpler complex equations? Do you, like me, lack the mathematical talent to comprehend and calculate those equations? Does my failure to understand and inability to successfully complete these calculations result in the calculations to wrong? Absurd!!!

Of course proper calculation yields accurate products regardless of whether we understand the calculations. Yet, how often do we hear people claim the Bible or God's activity in the world lacks logic simply because we fail to comprehend the events or reasoning? How often do we negate God’s ways, His guidance in our life, because the product is beyond our understanding? We frequently deny God's methods due to our inability to calculate His transforming us from where we are to where He leads and places us?

Does God use constants in his equations of which we are unaware? Does Avogadro’s number change or cease to exist based on someone’s intellectual capacity? Equally, God’s constants--wisdom, love, and character--remain true regardless of our human understanding. Jesus Christ, the word made flesh, the eternal Son of God in the trinity, alpha and omega, states that he is, “The same yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

The triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit may speak to you directly or indirectly--yet always in agreement with the Bible, revealing awesome plans for you, beyond our comprehension. Believe! Christ’s calculations containing the eternal Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding of Creation; involve constants beyond the cumulative of human wisdom and understanding.

Leaning on our own understanding or wisdom instead of Christ’s Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding while fearing Him, results in foolishness leading to failure. These amazing constants and complex calculations are why we must trust and fear Him. Acknowledge His advance calculations for He will make your paths straight; even when the math does not add up.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Depends on How Good You Want to Be!

NEWSLETTER ~ October 2006

Depends on How Good You Want to Be

One September morning in high school, I ambled into the cross country coach’s (Congo) office. He was sitting in his office grading papers or going over workouts for the upcoming day. This shy, bow legged, transfer student was scared and nervous as I made my way through this new school. The class size exceeded six times the size of the old school and forty times larger than the grade school I had attended while growing up on the farm.

Upon entering the office of this coaching legend I blurted out my inquiry, “Do I need to be running in the morning?” We were already running intense, tortuous workouts during the afternoon practices. Workouts causing pain in the legs climbing up and down the stairs during the day, in addition to feeling sick every evening.

His response was simple, yet not what I had anticipated nor desired “Depends on how good you want to be Rick Meyer”. Congo’s lack of a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ reply frustrated me. As a teenager I reflected upon this response throughout the day as I sat in class. However, when awakened by the alarm clock performing its assigned duty the next morning, I was quickly out the door running. I did have the desire to be as good as possible. In fact, twenty plus years later, I continue to run in the morning regularly. Those dark winter mornings when the mercury is well below zero, I still reflect upon Congo’s response “Depends on how good you want to be Rick Meyer” as I head out the door for yet another run.

The challenge, “Depends on how good you want to be”, provided an opportunity for an array of lessons for my teenage mind. This is a question we should ask ourselves everyday.

• Should we invest extra time and effort to benefit our family, friends, clients, and employees or board of directors whether it be building relationships or synthesizing a report?

• Do we need to make the extra phone call to secure the appointment or contract?

• Is the extra practice on our upcoming oral reports and presentations necessary?

• Should we make the extra effort to assist and encourage our spouse and/or children?


Depends on how good you want to be ……


See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com
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CEC

November 1999

What is Your CEC?

I asked this question of athletes, future All-Americans, the week leading up to the NCAA championships. Their initial reaction was most likely very similar to yours right now. What is CEC? What does CEC have to do with human performance and being competitive internationally?

The simple answer - Everything!

My introduction to CEC came in “Kindergarten Soils” as agronomy professors often refer to “Introduction to Soils”. CEC (Cation Exchange Capacity) and AEC (Anion Exchange Capacity) were topics of discussion concerning soil chemistry. Cations, properly pronounced cat-īön, are positively charged ions. Anions are negatively charged ions. Ions are atoms or groups of atoms electrically charged because of the loss or gain of electrons, negative charges.

In simplistic terms, CEC quantifies the amount of nutrients one particle of soil can attain. The higher the CEC, the better the more productive the soil, there is more food available in the soil for the growing crops or vegetation.

Clay soils typically have the highest CEC, there physical properties allow for this. In the interest of space and maintaining your interest, we will quickly discuss a few physical properties of clay. Clay is adaptable, sculptors use clay. Clay soils have the greatest amount of pore space, allowing for greater available water storage. If we equate water with opportunity, clay soils capitalize on the greatest amount of opportunity as it presents itself.
Silt, Sand and Rock are not flexible enough to mold easily. These larger particles claim, ‘this is the way I am, if you do not like it, too bad’. Change requires excessive heat, pressure or force. Their large pore size allows water to easily run thru it, if we are like stones, we are inadaptable, allowing opportunity to run right by us.

Running fast on a cross country course, expanding your business or keeping up with your family activities, also requires a high CEC.

This CEC is Champ-ion Exchange Capacity!
Having a high, CEC (Champ-ion Exchange Capacity) requires us to shed ‘negative’ charges from our lives, positively charged.

What is your capacity for the mental attributes of being a champion in business, in life?
Do you have drive to go the “extra five miles” for your clients, friends and family?
Do you have the fortitude to persevere when your mind and body are begging for relief? The power to keep your word and stay true to your convictions when you may temporarily enjoy record profits simply by ignoring your convictions or going back on your word.

Do you have the capacity to frame pain, whether mental, physical, financial or relational, properly? The champion views pain as an encourager rather than a deterrent. Pain is viewed as a positive force, the greater the pain the fewer competitors, therefore the greater the reward upon completion of the task.

As Christians we should inquire our CEC also, Christian Exchange Capacity. What is our ability, individually and collectively the Christian message of Hope, Forgiveness, Accountability, and Love?

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

VISION: Go the Extra FIVE miles

“Are you crazy?” inquired the man digging out his vehicle keys.

“YES!” –I answered to this accusation, one of many times over the past four decades. (This accusation is virtually always a sign of being on the path towards great success.)

“No one should be outside in this weather, much less running speed workouts,” replied the heavily dressed concerned citizen.

Many times this past winter I have trained in inclement weather. Most folks asking are those who care, and yet they lack understanding what drives a champion to train in deep snow or double-digit below zero temperatures.

Occasionally, I find myself reflecting upon a run on New Year’s Day 1995. A 20-mile run was scheduled. However, the temperature was 5 below zero with the wind-chill 25 to 30 below zero. Additionally, the depth of the un-cleared snow exceeded the top of my knees! My initial reaction was to decrease the run to 15 miles. After all, it was miserable outside and New Year’s Day – both good excuses – right?


Some suggested I not run at all. However, since my first hunch was to decrease the run 5 miles, I instead chose to increase the run 5 miles. I received tremendous gratification upon completing the 25-mile run in miserable and painful conditions.

“How do you do it?” ask those seeking to understand. Several factors lead to what many consider insane behavior.

One powerful factor is vision. A vision is rich in its minute details involving all five senses. In addition to seeing the vision, one must hear, smell, feel and taste everything imaginable with the vision. An effective vision enables laser focus and to tenaciously keep at it.

An effective vision generates emotions including laughter, tears, even shivers down the spine. Coach Bill "Congo" Congleton frequently repeated, "Your mind cannot tell the difference between a real and imagined event." With an effective vision, your performance hinges upon your desire to create the reality of your vision. This means you either go for what you have imagined, or you choose to avoid temporary discomfort - neglecting your vision.

What is your vision? Your dreams will perish without a vision! With an effective vision, (in any endeavor) you will pass the complacent who travel only the ‘extra mile’. With Vision you will traverse the extra FIVE miles, a 500% increase in performance generated by your effective vision.

Be ready, you may be asked “Are you crazy?” Only if being on the path toward great success means you are crazy. Keep your Vision on Christ!

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Creation

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Was the earth created in six days, with the seventh as a day of rest? I have firmly believed in the six days of creation, and certainly resting on the seventh day. Is it a coincidence that as more of society works absent a day of rest, the number of physical and mental illnesses increases? Our bodies and minds are designed to optimize with a day of rest! That is another discussion for writing.

What does the Bible say about Creation? First let’s agree that God is the creator. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Dr. Gerald L. Schroeder in his book, “The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth” defines the Hebrew word Be’reasheet can mean “in the beginning of,” but not “in the beginning.” The Aramaic recognizes Be’reasheet as a compound word: Be’ means “with” while reasheet means “first wisdom.” Consequently the Aramaic translation says, “With wisdom God created the heavens and the earth.”

Let us agree with certainty that God created all with his wisdom! Believe it or not, Christ’s wisdom dwarfs the wisdom of scientists and bishops. In the first day, God created light calling it day, then separated the light from dark; calling the dark, night. The second day God created the sky. Now the third day, he creates land, and the seas. He continues producing vegetation and enabling the plants to reproduce.

To summarize the first three days, God creates light, sky, land, seas and vegetation.

The sun, moon and stars are created in the fourth day to govern the day and the night. This is the twenty-four hour day that we reference. How long were the first three days before the sun, moon and stars were created? I do not know! Is it possible they are longer than 24 hours since the first three days are not governed by the sun and moon? Could this assist in explaining the discrepancy of Biblical time versus Geological time?

Creation originated from God’s wisdom, this wisdom makes the cumulative of man’s wisdom look ridiculous. What is possible with God’s Wisdom? As stated, I claim no answers; rather Biblical based questions to expand our thoughts. All thoughts are to be filtered with scripture; flaws revealed by discrepancies, are not flaws of scripture; rather man’s wisdom.

“With wisdom God created the heavens and the earth.”

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Water Under a Bridge

"That is water under the bridge." How many times have you heard or uttered this statement? Metaphorically it refers to a past event, there is no turning around, changing the events or repercussions; it is time to move on.

However, this is different than forgiveness! That water is still in the river, still to be found if one moves downstream.

Forgiveness is water under the bridge, down the river, out to sea and evaporated. In other words, that water can no longer be found. Those molecules are separated as far as the East is from the West; which is how the Bible describes God scattering our forgiven sins.

Yes, evaporation is mandatory for your sins and the sins others committed against you. While God scatters our sin as far is the East is from the West, the media and others with evil desires will search the entire river and sea for your sins "under the bridge" if doing so profits them or their friends.

Next time someone harms you physically, emotionally or spiritually go beyond saying it is "water under the bridge." Tell them the water is "under the bridge, out to sea and evaporated; permanently removed and disassembled!"

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
http://www.rickemeyer.com/

Saturday, December 18, 2010

If you want to run fast... ~ Lyle Claussen

Hall of Fame coach Lyle Claussen frequently informed his athletes, “If you want to run fast, you have to run fast.”

He also emphasized running a slow and moderate pace. Fast runners, great runners, vary their mileage and pace.
 
I often joined the UNK (University of Nebraska-Kearney) cross country team for their weekly long recovery run of fourteen to sixteen miles at 6:00 to 7:00 minute pace every Sunday after church. I later increased my mileage to twenty to twenty-eight miles, running with UNK either the first or last sixteen miles significantly enhanced the run. Initially, we exerted a relaxing effort. However, my pace frequently shifted from relaxing to moderate between the fifteenth and twentieth miles.
 
Workouts on Mondays often consisted of running an up-tempo ten-miler under 5:30 pace, including the final two to four miles under 5:00 pace. On Tuesdays we ran an interval workout such as ten by 1,000 meters. These were fast and tough as little rest occurred between each interval, followed by strides to increase our raw speed.
 
Wednesdays integrated a moderate run usually between 5:20 and 5:45 pace, and another interval workout on Thursday. The team raced most Saturdays during the cross country season.

The workouts often varied from week to week as well as each day in format and intensity. This variance created strength, speed and flexibility. We stretched after each run. Moreover, these guys became among the best collegiate teams in America.
 
Are you pursuing greatness? Are you determined to be among the best in America? Are you varying your mileage and pace? Perhaps you avoid running because you lack any desire to run. If so, do you read a variety of topics, written in a variety of depths?
 
In the past two hours this morning, I read an Opera magazine along with one-hundred pages of a book on Adolph Hitler and various portions of scripture. Even though I lack appreciating Opera, I receive the magazine for a reason unknown to me. At first, I discarded the magazine due to lack of interest. I now read to learn a new topic, expand my vocabulary, and new writing styles. Exploring new frontiers improves my speaking and writing. These materials expand my thought process, while challenging and validating my beliefs.

Challenges of these books include the difficulty of believing horrific reality in reading of Hitler’s antics and beliefs. Even though most remain aware of his many evil actions and directives, this book provides additional depth into his demonic nature. Why read this horror? Human nature repeats throughout history. We either learn from history or repeat history. No one should repeat Hitler’s history!

Our beliefs also receive challenges when reading the Grace, Love and Mercy of our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ’s death and resurrection for our salvation seemingly epitomizes “too good to be true.” Because God’s love for us extends beyond our comprehension. Fortunately, all is True! Christ died and conquered death for our sins. You and I can believe and proclaim this Good News. The real message behind, “If it seems to good to be true…” resides in our inquisition of motive. We find truth in Christ and salvation because of God’s desire for our joining him in eternal life. The Bible is clear: All things are possible through Christ who strengthens us.


The infamous “too good to be true” false promises originate from evil hearts. Satan the father of lies and deception, engages deceptive motives, and a wrongful harvest of gain. Someone wants to run fast, without running fast. Rather they desire running fast because someone else ran fast. In other word, their promise and desire to run fast hinges on the false promise of laziness, envy, jealousy and greed.
 

Alter, your cerebral workouts. Challenge your mind with new topics and vocabulary. Just as a runner continually seeks greater speed and strength, seek greater depth and breadth of Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding.

Perform “strides” to increase your mental quickness in resolving challenges, improving your raw mental speed.

If you want to run fast, you have to run fast!

Let's continually improve our ability and willingness to run fast in our faith (1 Co 9:24-25), finishing strongly (2 Timothy 4:7). Let's diligently, deeply and urgently study the word of God and engage in prayer, increasing the strength and speed of our faith.

Let us also remember that just like great runners, we must also slow down. Faith training also emphasizes the need to regularly schedule workouts when we slow down and listen to God and the needs of His people.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve--Running Fast--with Christ!


Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

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See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
http://www.rickemeyer.com/

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Deep Water Purposes

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

“The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” Proverbs 20:5

Have you had strong purposes in your heart, but are unable to articulate those purposes or maybe you are unsure how to achieve or implement the purpose(s). As we visited about yesterday, deep waters can be dark, murky and/or stale. These dark waters often contain algae, mud, fauna and whatever else, hampering the clarity of our purposes, lack of clarity hinders fully defining the purposes. When our purposes are hidden in deep waters, we are frustrated in expecting the greatness, while the uncertainty remains.

The Bible, the pure Word of God, says a man of understanding is able to draw out our purposes. Who are men of understanding? They are men (and women) in your life who are in the Word, praying, fellowshipping with other believers, and worshipping our Lord. They set-up pumps, through conversation, that draw and filter your deep waters, your deep thoughts. The murkiness and residue of doubt, complacency and whatever else are removed; light illuminates your purified water, displaying your clarified purposes.

Find a friend of understanding, draw out your purposes from deep water; clarifying them to achieve God’s Will for your life.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Transpiration

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Are you familiar with the term, “Transpiration?” Transpiration is when water, which is brought up by the roots, is released from the plant into the atmosphere; through the plant’s stomata. The stomata cells in plants allow for the release of gasses, including water from the plant. The drier the surrounding air, the greater the rate of transpiration. Similarly, transpiration decreases with greater humidity.

My old Soil Physics book states most crop plants use less than 10% of the water uptake for direct vegetative or grain production. The other 90% to 99% is released into the air surrounding the plant, as well as the entire atmosphere.

Transpired water is water held in the soil profile after getting there either as groundwater, rain or irrigation. The water is drawn up by the plant roots into the plant where a portion is used for photosynthesis, as well enabling the plant to stand up and its leaves to reach out. In drought conditions the atmosphere is asking for more water than the plant is taking in from the soil, the plant protects itself, enter self preservation mode, by curling its leaves and closing its stomata.

Additionally, once the soil water becomes too low; this water is no longer available for uptake into the plant. The plant is deprived of growing, producing and giving to the atmosphere.

Consider God is created everything, using the same Wisdom for all of creation; we are able gain great insight of God in examining his creation. Scripture states that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. This affords us confidence in knowing God’s love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and laws of creation and the universe are constant; even if they are beyond our comprehension.

We have discussed how Christ the Rock is transformed into our productive soil, and deep, loam soil allows for the best water and nutrient holding capacity. We have visited about our need and benefit of being rooted in the soil, life generating substance, of Christ. What are we able to learn from the plants growing and producing on these soils?

Daily uptake of our Baptismal water through prayer, scripture (The Word), fellowship and worship enables us to stand up and reach out. We, like the plant, should take up enough additional water that we give away 90% of our Spirit Filled enthusiasm, love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness to the world around us. We too, like the plants, begin closing up to the world, enter self preservation mode, giving away less; when demand exceeds uptake. We, like the plants are unable to uptake this water once the water levels are present but too low.

Our ground water is our relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Our rain water is prayer, devotion, and the Word. Our irrigation is worship and fellowship. If our soil water supply lacks, our productivity and generosity will be depleted.

Attain water, uptake water, produce and give. Share the Good News of Jesus Christ this Christmas and all year long!

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fountain of Wisdom

The Words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of Wisdom is a bubbling brook. (Proverbs 19:3)


We sat around a table while reading, studying and discussing specific Bible passages. State and National church leaders, with their human insight, believed certain passages of scripture were outdated. Their arguments were filled with human logic, leading to some to agree that scripture is unclear, that it scripture is full of gray areas.

Using their line of reasoning, they were correct. Any discussion of scripture centered on man’s words, man’s logic will be unclear. Proverbs illustrates the words of a man’s (or woman’s) mouth are deep waters. Have you ever been in deep water? What is deep water like, what are the characteristics of deep water? Deep water in ponds, lakes and streams is dark, murky, and stale. One is best to avoid drinking out of this deep water. Moreover, it is difficult to achieve much in deep water due to the lack of light; and the murky water. No wonder we are challenged to understand, study, or discuss scripture using man’s words, man’s logic.

Conversely, what are the characteristics of water in a bubbling brook? This water is clear, fresh, life giving, and drinkable. The sound of bubbling brook is refreshing and relaxing. One can easily see through the water of a bubbling brook; as light shines in and through. This is scripture’s comparison to the fountain of Wisdom. Studying, reading and discussing scripture while open and submitted to Christ’s Wisdom is refreshing, fulfilling, and enlightening. Our minds and hearts are able to understand and implement God’s word when received from the fountain of Holy Wisdom.

We receive this fountain of Wisdom by asking for it from God. The Bible says if you want wisdom, ask and believe you will receive. With Wisdom our eyes and heart are opened, the waters of scripture are clear; the gray is removed.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Accept my Words, Store my Commands

Accept my Words, Store my Commands
Proverbs 2:1

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

During harvest, farmers haul their grain in a truck either to a local elevator or to their own bins for storage. Before storing the grain’s moisture is checked; wet grain will not store long without spoilage. Dryers are sometimes used to dry out the grain in the bin until optimal moisture is reached.

The elevator probes the grain while the truck is on the scales getting weighed. The probe allows grain to be sucked from the truck into the office where moisture, and test weight are measured. Test weight is the weight of one bushel of grain, it measures the grain density. The higher the density, or test weight, the better. In addition to moisture and test weight, the grain is also checked for foreign material and insects; both are bad.

If all numbers are good, the manager or attendee directs the truck driver, with a green light, to dump the accepted grain. If the numbers are bad, the manager rejects the load of grain as it the grain is unfit for storage. Poor numbers lead to multiple factors of and methods of spoilage if left unresolved. Good, wholesome, grain may be stored for years if properly managed, the grain is stable and nutritious.

God tells us we are to accept His Words and store up His Commands in our bodies, and our hearts. Only good, wholesome, Words may accepted and stored; just like grain. God’s word, scripture, is stable and nutritious. Just like grain, it’s content remains the same; however with study we keep finding new uses and benefits of grain and Word.

If His word lacked purity, we would reject it like we reject poor grain; at the very least we would not store in our body and heart. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Is wisdom found in storing poor products in this temple? Absolutely not! Knowing we are to accept and store the Word in our hearts and the temple of the Holy Spirit, our body, assures us of the Word’s quality and stability.

As you read and study scripture, God’s Word, give your heart, body, mind and soul the green light for accepting and storing the Word and commands of Christ – the Word made Flesh.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Monday, December 13, 2010

Deep Soils


Have you hear the expression, “Adversity builds character”? Numerous metaphors explain the benefits of life’s hardships. God created the deepest soils, the most productive soils, exist in valleys. Usually deep soils comprise of loam texture. Loam soils optimize the combination of water, and nutrients available to the plant as well as root depth and proliferation.
Conversely, slopes frequently contain the shallowest soils. Plants, including their roots, have increased competition on the slopes because of less soil in a defined area. Additionally, plants compete for sunlight on slopes, because of increase leaf area in a horizontal area.

How does this apply to life? When we traverse through the valley we expand our roots and our ability to fully utilize the waters of our Baptism. Increased root depth and prime soil allow greater nutrient uptake as well, thus we improve our preparation to receive the Bread of Life in Christ when in the valley. Moreover, greater root proliferation increases stability.

Conversely, when we rise out of the valley, the roots have limited growth due to shallow soil. Competition for light increases, and we are less stable. Without proper planning, soil and nutrient erosion occurs on the slopes, less water permeates the soil. A good conservation plan increases retained soil, nutrients, and moisture on the slopes.


What is your conservation plan while enjoying life’s climb to success? How do you plan to increase retention of your faith in Christ, your dependence on His strength, grace and mercy? In an agriculture field, crop residue is beneficial for soil retention. Residue is generally proportional to yield. Are you keeping your faith residue in your heart to prevent erosion during success?

Faith residue exists in such things as internalizing scripture, devotions, prayer, fellowship and worship.

When traversing life’s valley, express gratitude for deep soil. Let your roots grow deep and broad. Allow full proliferation for optimal water and nutrient uptake. Retaining faith residue in your heart will protect against faith erosion when climbing out of the valley, encountering shallow soil on your way to great success. This residue will preserve your faith in Christ, your dependence on His strength, grace and mercy!

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

You're Getting There...

Lyle Claussen and I run north on Kearney’s 2nd Avenue near 27th Street when he utters his frequent encouraging message, “You’re getting there!” There represents the physical conditioning to run the Boston Marathon on 17 April 1995, still months away.

Each time I hear “You’re getting there!” my mind wonders, “Will I ever arrive? Will I ever attain the necessary level of fitness?” I set the goal of running, and “placing high” in the Boston Marathon as an eight year old in 1975.

The training consisted of running 70 – 90 miles per week, including 20 to 25 miles every Sunday before or after church. Running everyday in Nebraska necessitates enduring temperature ranges from -35 F to +118 F, absent wind-chill or heat index adjustments.


This represents a 153 degree temperature variance, much larger if figuring wind-chill and heat index. Additionally, one endures the full gamut of weather conditions from blizzard to severe thunderstorms. The terrain toppings vary from deep snow, ice, mud and dust. One must negotiate each with traction, strength and balance.

Some claim wind-chill, heat index, footing, and storm conditions have little effect on those running or working outside. These comments remind of the guy  who says his cattle never get out—he doesn’t have cattle. Similarly, those denying weather’s effect on the body lack working outside for long periods in extreme conditions.

I firmly marked 17 April 1995 on the calendar. Yet, no guarantee existed of my attaining the desired level of physical fitness to optimally compete in the world’s premiere annual marathon, second in overall prestige only to the Olympics. I trained in faith, belief and trust of Christ, this included his chosen coach for me, Lyle Claussen.

With my internalized vision and Lyle’s reminding me that I am “getting there,” my training continued through miserable weather, sore muscles, missed social opportunities, tired mind and hungry body. Frequently, my stomach rebelled in queasy turmoil at the end of runs.


Mental and physical exhaustion saturated every neuron, vein, vessel, muscle, tendon and ligament between the top of my head and the tip of my toes. Seemingly, every nerve suffered as victims of lightning strikes. The end of these runs often correlated with my collapsing in the street.

One expects these agonies and inconveniences as a necessary part of the journey on the road to Victoryville. Good marathoners know this road bypasses Comfortville. In fact, meaningful achievements virtually always reside well beyond the boundaries of Comfortville and the surrounding communities.


The greater the achievement(s) sought, the further one must reside from Comfortville. Can you imagine the reaction of other runners if one only engaged in a light jog each day while expecting to run a fast marathon? The uproar of laughter from experienced runners would resemble fifty simultaneous freight train whistles.

Pursuing great achievements of Christ’s will for our life will require equal, perhaps exceed, the training and consequential challenges of training our body and mind for running. Does a greater achievement exist than attianing Christ’s will for your life? No!



Are we willing to endure severe testing of our body and mind? Are we willing to test our faith to the point of collapsing on our knees? Are we willing to endure our pursuits’ neccessary mental and physical exhaustion? Are we willing to suffer the queasy, sickening turmoil in our stomachs, asking if it is all “worth it?”


We expect to pay this price for athletic success. Do we expect the pain in pursuing Christ’s desires for our life? At times athletics and Christ’s desires for us are the same.

Does your desire for serving Christ in faith drive you to collapse from physical and mental exhaustion? Like marathon training, does your faith training, cause you to miss various social opportunities? Just like marathon training, achieving Christ’s will for your life requires avoiding Comfortville.

The Wednesday night before the Boston Marathon, Lyle and I ate at Kearney’s Spaghetti Shop. I began eating my second plate of spaghetti when Lyle leaned forward whispering, “You’re ready!” Shivers of excitement exploded up and down my spine.


I longed for these words while training in temperatures ranging from -35F to 118 F. I longed for this message while trudging through snow, mud, rain, sliding on ice and eating dust. I sought this message while sleet pelted my face, snow blow down my back, lightning danced amidst my path and the sun’s rays enhanced my throat’s desiccation.


Despite the one mistake of the early discontinuation of drinking water during the Boston Marathon that resulted in dehydration, I achieved my goal of placing among the top ten Americans. Yes, I was victorious in achieving a goal set as an eight year old in June 1975.

Avoiding Comfortville while training enabled me to visit Victoryville in racing.


Have you defined your goals? Avoid Comfortville, keep your eye on your Victoryville, “You’re getting there!”


See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
http://www.rickemeyer.com/

Monday, December 6, 2010

Roots

Where are you Rooted?
Monday, December 06, 2010

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7


Plants visibly display a great deal about their roots’ environment, although not always initially. Plants rooted in acid, or alkaline soils produce visible signs of poor health; as do plants rooted in soils lacking adequate appropriate nutrients. Often times the soil environment inhibits appropriate nutrients from being available, in proper form, to the plants. Other times soils are infested with fauna such as rootworm, cutworm, wireworm or nematodes. These pests result in plants with poor health; as they destroying roots to grow and expand in mass.

Healthy, highly productive plants have healthy, massive roots in ideal soil environment. The soils are either free of pests, or the soils and the new roots contain pesticides to eliminate root killing pests. Productive soils are pH neutral, enhancing the availability of required soil nutrients; additionally productive soils have adequate nutrition for maximum yields. Plants with rooted in productive soil are richly colored, with sturdy stalks which prevent wavering, leaning or lodging in severe storms. Plants rooted in highly productive soils, produce high yields!

Their tap root is able to grow to significant depths for plant stability, secondary and fibrous roots aide stability while enabling significant water and nutrient uptake. However it is imperative to recognize that different genetic lines produce different types of roots. Visible positive plant health develops along various times lines for the various genetic lines. The ultimate measure of a plant’s root environment and consequential health is at harvest. Some plants may look tremendous, until their stalks lodge from a delayed harvest.

Where are you rooted? Are you placing your roots in acidic and alkaline soils, where nutrition is limited? Are you placing your roots in pest infested soil where pests destroy your roots, preventing adequate water and nutrient uptake and stability?

Are your roots trying to penetrate compacted soil? This soil is often good soil suffering from too much traffic on it. Your soil may feel like too people have running over you, taking you for granted. The best remedy for compacted soil is water, whether rain or irrigation. If your roots are unable to penetrate for stability and nutrient uptake due to compaction; you need to call upon your waters of baptism in Christ, the water in the Blood of Christ shed for you and the forgiveness of YOUR sins.

Do you desire an abundant life, a life with a high yield? Remember, high yield crops vary in appearance during the growing season. For a High Yield Life, place your roots with Christ in God. Roots placed with Christ will provide stability with a deep tap root; the secondary and fibrous roots will uptake abundant water and nutrition found in the Bread of Life and Water from which we will never again thirst. With roots in Christ, you will not lean, lodge or break off in life’s severe storms. Christ’s love, mercy, and forgiveness is the pesticide eliminating all pests seeking to limit and kill your roots.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Seed Purity

Seed Purity
Monday, December 06, 2010

Would you purchase seeds of your desired plants contaminated with weed seed?

What is a “weed”? A weed is a plant out of place, an undesired plant in that field. Weed seeds mixed in with the desired seed, produce a mess; a bunch of undesired plants in the field. Weeds are unsightly, while also damaging to the intended crop. Weeds consume water, nutrients and sunlight; lessening the volume of each component for your desired crop. Weeds reduce yield, and if left uncheck will eventually take over a field, making it virtually impossible for the desired crop to grow. In Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Jesus explains that at harvest, the weeds are gathered, bundled and burned. In 13:41 Jesus also explains that weeds cause sin and must be removed before they reduce yield.

Now with a brief back ground on the disastrous effects from weeds, let’s consider the initial question again. Would you purchase seed containing weed seed? Good, neither will I.

The seed industry includes purity on the tag of a bag of seed. The top seed companies establish 99.5% purity as industry standards; anything less pure results in consumer avoidance. Farmers desire pure seed!

Do Christians desire pure seed? Do we desire the pure Word of God? Yes! The evidence is revealed in church membership shifts. In recent years, membership has grown in churches who acknowledge scripture as the pure Word of God, while declining in churches who doubt the purity of God’s Word, the purity of scripture. The church with leaders dispelling the purity of God’s Word; are “selling” contaminated seed. In proclaiming the impurity of scripture, God's Word, they are dispersing seed containing significant weed seed. This weed seed causes sin, reducing yield. Christians desiring profitable crops avoid planting this seed, just like good farmers; they want contaminated seed kept off their farms.

The best crop yields begin with planting pure seed in your fields. The best life yields with Christ, begin with planting the Pure Word of God in your heart, soul and mind. Seek and plant pure seed, the pure Word of God!

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
http://www.rickemeyer.com/

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tilling our Minds


“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” ~ Henry Ford

As an agronomy, soil and water, student at Kansas State University, one of the required courses was Soil Genesis and Classification; the class was nearly evenly split between graduate and undergraduate students. Throughout the semester, what I referred to as the “regular season,” my course grades were average. I particularly struggled with Soil Classification, the naming of soils based upon physical and chemical properties. I struggled to grasp the full concept; I understood most of classifying a soil, but not all. I understood each component, yet was unable accurately assemble the components into a workable solution. My soil classification homework scores were in the 30% - 40% range; not exactly on the Rhodes Scholar watch list.

This struggle was similar to the time I overhauled a four-barrel carburetor; when the carburetor was back on the vehicle, parts remained in the bucket. Obviously I was much more efficient than Ford Motors. Ha ha!

I continued studying the classification section; as well as the step by step guide separate from the text book. The course final was a 200 point final, with an ‘A,’ I would receive a ‘B’ for an overall course grade. After numerous times of reading the books and course notes, I decided it was time for a run this December evening. I through on my running clothes and shoes; running in a nice cool breeze of approximately -40oF wind-chill. The actual temperature ranged between -25oF and -30oF. Fraternity brothers called me crazy. Whenever I am deemed crazy, and my actions are moral and ethical, I know I am on the right track.

Fortunately, much of my body quickly went numb from the arctic weather conditions. During the little 5-miler my subconscious continued tilling the soil classification material. Sometime in the final mile, mental flood lights illuminated the soil genesis and classification material. This illumination enabled me to identify all of the components and their proper arrangement.

The following day I entered the final exam with confidence, it was the third comprehensive final of the day. As our class of approximately 12 students waited for the professor to arrive, one of girls seeking her Master’s degree proclaimed her self-assessed academic superiority simply because she attained her bachelor’s degree at Penn State. As the comprehensive exam was handed out, we were instructed of the time allotted for completion. By the end of two hours, most others, including the Penn State alumnae, were done; leaving to enjoy Christmas break or prepare for additional finals. During the exam, I thought as deeply as I ever in the class room as I had up to that time. After three hours, only two or three of us remained, the professor ordered pizza roughly 30 minutes later for us to enjoy upon completion. Upon completing the exam and eating pizza with the professor and a couple of classmates, I was as exhausted as finishing a championship race, a mental exhaustion later equaled in international marathons.

A day or two later, I stopped by Throckmorton Hall on the Kansas State University campus; anxious to see my exam results To my delight and surprise I received nearly a perfect score on the comprehensive exam; the highest score in the class. Why did I excel on this exam while struggling during the ‘regular season’ and in other much less demanding courses? I fully engaged my brain; expanding and challenging the depth and breadth of my thinking; fully tilling the course material. Why did I fail to equally engage in other topics, or sooner in this course? As Henry Ford properly assesses, thinking is the hardest of all work!

Conversely, Adolph Hitler once observed that it is the good fortune of rulers that most people do not think.

Are you mentally exhausted after solving a difficult challenge? The deeper, more in-depth, we think the greater the mental energy demand. We can easily rattle off menial ideas off the top of our minds, however deeply tilling into our minds requires great effort! As my friend Kent has stated numerous times, “Rick, you do not apply yourself in the classroom.”

Did you know tilling soil increases exponentially with depth? The same is true with tilling our minds!
  • From Soil Physics text book:
    Depth vs. Effort
    1X 1X
    1.7 2.5X
    2.3X 5X
    3.oX 10X
(I am unable to insert the graph)

Another consideration while view the increased effort to till and think deeply is the energy requirement for a rotary hoe is roughly 2.5X than required to plow an equal depth or volume of soil. Plowing, whether soil or information, is simply turning over the sod or going over the material in a reasonably thorough manner. Whereas a running a rotary hoe breaks up the soil and information into much smaller particles; mixing and understanding the contents. Are we willing to expend the necessary energy to deeply mix and comprehend all that we study, including Christ’s Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding?

Jesus Christ created each of us, with an incredible mind designed to think deeply, mixing and understanding the contents. The required extra effort, disproportionate to increased depth; encourages us to seek Him, seek the Holy Spirit for energy, Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding. Thinking is truly challenging work! Engage your mind, engage your faith.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Soil and Christ

How is soil formed? Soil originates from rocks, different types of rocks produce different types of soil. You are most likely asking how a boulder or even small rock becomes friable soil that sift through your hand. How do these rocks become life producing soil? Rocks become soil by biological, chemical and mechanical weathering. We will keep the details fairly simple.

Microbes, otherwise known as ‘critters,’ gradually feed away on rocks; they also create pores which allow water to enter the rock. The water slowly degrades the rock whether by running through the rock or filling the pores, then freezing. What happens to water when frozen? Your right! Water expands during the transformation from liquid to solid phase. Buried rocks slowly decompose as well as exposed rocks.

Rocks are degraded into life producing soil through persistent, minute breaking down of the particles.

The Bible has several parables regarding soil, moreover the Bible also compares the Word to a Rock. God is fully capable of growing a bumper crop on any rock, yet he chooses to do so in weathered rock, known as soil.

How do we transform the Rock of Christ into life producing soil? We have to be in the Word, in relationships, in worship; breaking down the Rock into soil. Does breaking down the Rock, destroy the Rock. The degradation simply transforms the Rock into the Life producing solution. Similarly, our breaking down the Rock, simply transforms the Word into life producing solution of our lives. Jesus does not need us anymore than He needs soil; however this is how God prefers to run the universe. No argument from me.

If you see the Rock of Christ, the Rock of Scripture, the Rock of a Congregation; yet your Relationship with Christ, your Faith is absent Growth. You need to transform the Rock into soil of your soul. This transformation requires physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effort. This transformation requires getting into the ‘nuks and crannies’ of scripture, relationships and the Word. Your involvement, combined with the Holy Spirit at work in you, will transform the Rock into Life producing soil in your life, in your soul.

We are created in God’s image, from soil. That soil is Christ!

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

In Christ,

Rick E. Meyer
www.rickemeyer.com
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Water Extinquishes Fire

As a member of the local Volunteer Fire Department, I have seen a number of fires extinquished. The majority of the time, we use water as the extinquisher. Sometimes water is not the best extinquisher, we then use foam. Foam is similar to bread dough, as it suffocates the fire. Water and foam puts out fires.

What about the fire of hell due all of us for our sins? If we think our sins are unworthy of hell's fire, we probably need to reevaluate our souls.

Fortunately, Jesus Christ extinquished the fire of hell for any soul, eternity past and eternity future for all who choose His water and bread as their fire extinquisher. Jesus shed His blood on the cross as He died for each of us. What is the major component of blood? Water! Jesus gave His life to extinquish our sins, He is the Bread of Life, His body represents Bread.

The Bible also discusses the signifcance of our Baptismal Water. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus as a dove when Jesus rose from the waters of His baptism.

Considering God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the creator of all things, including the governing laws of the universe; it is no coincedence that water and bread protect both property and soul from fires.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Water is Life

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and all else will be added unto you.”

Have you noticed that throughout history, the great cities are built along flowing rivers and/or oceans; they are built by water? Why do cities and industry flourish along rivers, lakes and oceans? Water is life! Life, whether human, plant, animal or industry is dependent upon water. The best agricultural soils are often found in river valleys. One of my favorite hymns is “Shall we gather at the River.” As a child I heard my dad sing and whistle this song innumerable times while we were along the river; whether working, fishing, hunting, or socializing with friends on a summer Sunday afternoon.

Water transports some nutrients in the soil and in the plant; water also enables plants to stand vertical. These are a few simplified benefits of water in soil and plants. Water cleanses, water refreshes. Our blood is mostly water. Water forms valleys, as well as the consequential hills. Did you know that the deepest soils are nearly always found in the valleys? More about that tomorrow. Water enables root growth, root growth provides stability and greater area from which the plant to draw the necessary water and nutrients to prosper. Water is life!

We too should build our ‘city’ of life by the flowing water of Christ. Water is frequently used in scripture literally and metaphorically. Jesus was baptized in Jordan River, the Holy Spirit descended as a dove saying, “This is my son in whom I am well pleased.” The water in a flowing river is a representation of the ground water underneath the surrounding land. When we build in the river bottom, we have the flowing water near-by; additionally we have ample water right below our feet; available for promoting and strengthening life. Water cleanses our hands, the waters of our baptism symbolically cleanse our sin; permanently washing them away because of Christ’s death and resurrection.

Water is necessary for seed germination, leading to wheat, leading to bread. Christ blood, containing mostly water germinate the seeds of the eternal bread of life in our life. We simple must accept the watering of our souls from Christ’s blood, we must seek and accept the Kingdom of God and all else will be added unto us.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ,

In Christ,

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Stay Tuned - Faith & Soil - An Agronomist's Perspective

Monday, November 29, 2010

Rapport - The Fragrance of Life

Have you met people that you instantly like? You and they have established instant rapport.

What is rapport? Is all rapport good? A quick search on Amazon.com returns 14,961 Results. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the French origin Rapport as, “a close relationship in which people understand each other and communicate well.”

How do we build rapport? The recordings and references I have listened to over the years, define the establishment of rapport as the foundation of successful salesman, “instant” credibility, likeability and relationships. One person defines rapport as, “The Key to Influencing People, Including Yourself.” The techniques include mirroring someone’s body language, voice tonality and pace. Mirroring includes empathizing with others emotionally; agreeing with their position.

Masterful manipulators use these techniques to influence others in taking the manipulator’s desired action. The real question is whether the desired action is Christ’s will for the person being manipulated.

Whenever I attempt to use the above techniques for establishing rapport, I fail miserably in placing hope on myself. For that, I am grateful! Conversely, when focusing on Christ; helping others achieve Christ’s will for their life; I establish instant rapport with all whom have a heart for Christ. II Corinthians 2:15-16 says that we are the aroma of Christ, “To one the smell of death, to the other, the fragrance of life.” Is there a greater way of establishing rapport than being the fragrance of life in Christ?

What kind of rapport do we establish by assuming the smell of death? Have you smelled death, a decaying animal? The smell of death is atrocious! We go out of our way to avoid the smell of death.

The fragrance of life is greater than the greatest fragrance on earth. The fragrance of life is better than any flower, cologne or perfume; past, present or future. The fragrance of life in Christ has greater attraction than the world’s most powerful magnet. Yet, just an object lacking the proper chemical properties is not drawn to the most powerful magnet, those lacking the spiritual qualities of Christ will not be drawn to the fragrance of life. Can iron be injected into plastic for magnetic draw? Absolutely! Can Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit be injected in into those currently opposed to the fragrance of Christ? Absolutely!

As you search for techniques of building rapport, thoroughly investigate your motives. If your motives are secular, the techniques above will work just fine; especially for those who continue smelling Christ as death. However, if your motive is loving the Lord your God, with all of your heart, mind and soul; loving your fellow man as much as you love yourself; establish rapport with the saturation of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in your every thought, word, and deed. Allow Christ to saturate you with the fragrance of life.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

In Christ,

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Do you Finish God's sentences?

Do you finish other people’s sentences?

Several years ago, following a Toastmasters meeting I visited with a local businessman and philanthropist, Joe, whom visited our club to promote a fund raiser. Joe told of attending Kansas State University’s world-renowned College of Veterinary Medicine.

When Joe began telling of his experiences in Manhattan, I began finishing his sentences whenever he paused as I knew exactly what he was going to say. Wrong!!! I did not know how Joe was finishing his sentences.


I normally do not engage in finishing someone’s sentences, however the excitement of discussing Manhattan and Kansas State got the better of me in that conversation. Moreover, his favorite professor of Vet Med was the father of two of my friends and high school cross country teammates.

The first few times of my interruption, Jim patiently stated, “No, I was going say…” Following my sixth repetition of rudely and inaccurately finishing sentences, Joe politely dismissed himself.


Are you irritated when others finish your sentences, especially when completed inaccurately? Have you ever finished someone’s sentences? Others tend to inaccurately finish my sentences when I pause, just as I did when Joe paused.

Instead of listening we jump to conclusions. Frequently, emotional irritation is the only damage. However, when continued, we lose credibility as a listener. Eventually we risk causing great damage to our relationships or suffering physical consequences.


Once in the summer of 1986, Jim and I were instructed to drive a farm truck to Fettger’s (the name of a farm) to meet my cousins where we would load straw bales. As soon as Jim and I heard “Fettger’s” we stopped listening because we knew exactly where the Fettger place was since we irrigated there every morning.

We jumped in the truck and drove the 12 miles on gravel roads to the Fettger place. During our drive we discussed that the wheat and resulting straw bales must be in the dry land portion of the property. Since we were only familiar with the irrigated portion of the property, we tried to hypothesize the specific location of wheat field on this farm. We were puzzled upon arrival because we saw no wheat nor a single person around this field.

Twenty minutes later we remained the only two at this location. We reassured ourselves that we were told to meet at the Fettger place. After thirty minutes passed and no two-way radio to communicate with the others--this was long before cell phones became popular--we drove back to the ‘yard’, which is the farmstead where my mom and her siblings were raised.

Once in the yard, we sheepishly began calling for direction on the two-way. My uncles were less than thrilled! We were told to go to a different, nearby Fettger place. Additionally, we were to have waited and followed my cousins to the specific field instead of taking off on our own. 

We wasted significant time, fuel, and energy along with generating enormous frustration at us. We finished the sentence of our directions; we failed to listen to the full instructions.


Do you finish God’s sentences? I have!

At times, I strongly believe God is giving me a specific message through reading the Bible and prayer, only to fail upon acting. I later realize I finished God’s sentence instead of listening to the entire message (non-audible). I inaccurately finish God’s messages when He pauses, or when I errantly believe that I know exactly what He is going to say. Unfortunately, I am wrong! His wisdom far exceeds my wisdom and your wisdom.

Perhaps you say, "But Lord, you told (non-audible) me to accept this promotion, this new job. Why am I miserable?" The Lord responds in your heart, "No, I told you to interview for the position." We say, "Lord, why am I unable to pay for my new car that you told me to buy?" He replies, "I instructed you to visit the dealership and test drive the new car."

God desires relationships with His people. Consequently, He often mercifully uses us to interact and develop relationships with others for His glory. These interactions may include interviewing for a position, testing a car, or any of the seemingly endless possibilities of interactions.

The primary purpose of an interview, test drive, meeting someone for coffee or lunch may range from the obvious of the occasion to us unknowingly providing the write words to those we meet, their positive impact on our lives, or all of the above along with other benefits.

The next time our Lord speaks to your heart: Listen! Listen through the pauses; listen to the entire sentence, paragraph, chapter and book. Listening to the entire message enables you and I to be fully in tune with our Savior and the Holy Spirit.

Ask in prayer and through studying scripture, "Lord, why did you arrange for me and someone else (others) to meet and interact at this juncture in time and location?"

Keep an open mind as you progress forward with the Lord's lead. Remember, God's wisdom far exceeds my wisdom, your wisdom, and the cumulative wisdom of all creation combined.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
http://www.rickemeyer.com/

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Word of God

When I was about fifteen months old, my dad said I quickly went from standing right beside him to climbing nearly to the top of a twenty feet windmill tower in our farmyard. I began walking at seven months old, and loved climbing. Dad yelled at me to "Get Down!!" I can only imagine the concern racing through his mind. Upon hearing his voice, I nearly jumped.

Why did I nearly jump? Because, I knew and respected my father's voice. I knew Dad was speaking to me. If an unfamiliar voice were to have proclaimed the same words, I would have been nonrespondent. If Dad would have delivered the precisely same message to a stranger, would they have reacted as I did? No, because my dad's voice possessed no meaning to them.

Do you know your parent's voice? Does or did it get your attention? Just as we know our parent's voice, we know God's voice. For those who have never met their parents, would they recognize their father's voice? Of course not, how could they recognize something they had not heard.

Unfortunately, not all recognize God's voice. Unfortunately, not all know Christ.

"The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep." John 10:25-26

Is transforming God's Word, written or spoken, through people a miracle? Is maintaining accuracy of the Word while translating between languages a miracle? I believe both are miracles. Jesus is the Word made Flesh as described in the first chapter of John.

Occasionally I hear people say the Bible is NOT God's pure Word, rather simply stories of faithful people during that time. I realized they lack belief of God's ability to speak to the prophets and the interpreters of language over time, because they are unfamiliar with God's voice in their life.

Only in knowing Jesus, being one of his sheep, are we able to comprehend and believe the miracle of God's pure Word in scripture as written by other sheep belonging to Christ.

Christ's sheep know His voice, enabling them to believe His miracles. Knowing and hearing Christ's voice allows us to comprehend and believe the human transcribers of scripture also knew, listened and obeyed the pure Word of God.

If you have difficulty believing scripture is the pure Word of God, pray for God to open your heart and ears allowing you to know and hear Christ's voice as one of His sheep.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

In Christ,
Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
http://www.rickemeyer.com/

Monday, November 8, 2010

Read - Ready - Readiness

Ephesians 6:14-15 "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of Righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace."

Have you noticed and considered that Ready and Readiness begin with "Read?"

Your reading determines your READINESS! Readiness from the Gospel comes from Reading the Gospel, including communicating with the Holy Spirit.

If I read unhealthy topics, I am then ready for unhealthy thoughts and activities.

What are you Reading? Are you READY for Christ?

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

In Christ,

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
http://www.rickemeyer.com/

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Freedom resides in the Spirit of the Lord

II Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." Freedom resides in the Spirit of the Lord.

This is true of every level of Freedom! Is this freedom, the freedom to do anything? Absolutely not! The Spirit of the Lord is the spirit of love, forgiveness, desiring a Christ led way for all.

The absence of Christ results in the absence of Freedom in all of life's facets.

A Free Nation, A Free America, must be filled with and led by the Spirit of the Lord.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
www.rickemeyer.com

Monday, October 11, 2010

Family Lineage

Family Lineage

Saturday, October 09, 2010

On a recent flight to Rapid City, South Dakota; I sat across from a gentleman, John (not his real name), traveling with his six year old daughter and four year old son. For the sake of this article, we’ll call his children Amy and Joe. Amy and Joe behaved exceptionally well and humorously during the flight, their inquisitiveness was refreshing and a reminder for our own perpetual sense of wonder.

Our conversation revealed John was a high school classmate and friend of one of my fraternity brothers, a 1986 graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School and on their state championship basketball team. These details assured we spoke of the same Todd.

While awaiting at baggage claim, John inquired of my name, upon my reply he asked Joe and Amy what they thought of my last name. They each smiled, they too were Meyer’s. Our luggage arrived quickly; they exited to their ride waiting along the curb near the terminal.We lacked an opportunity to discuss whether and how we were related.

Have you had those discussions with people you meet with common family names? We begin searching for common ancestry. I once visited with someone whose distant grandfather shared the same name as one of my distant grandfathers. However, deeper discovery revealed their siblings, wives’ or children’s names were different, perhaps the number of children each had differed as well.

Perhaps one had two siblings and the other none.These differences quickly reveal our distant grandfathers, sharing the same name, are different people. Would you agree this deductive reasoning is common sense? Have you heard some non-Christian religions claim to worship the same God as Christians; the “God of Abraham?”

Yet, our God exists in Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Their god is singular, lacking Trinity. Genesis 1:26 amplifies this plurality, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…’”The God of creation, the God of Abraham, is the God of Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is revealed throughout the Old Testament. Jesus, in human form, came from the lineage of Abraham.

Jesus, states numerous times that he and the Father are one; and the only way to the Father, the God of Abraham, is through Christ. He boldly declares knowing Jesus and knowing the Father are the same. Jesus sends the comforter, the Holy Spirit.If people of the same names are the same person, ALL about them must match: siblings, sons, daughters, and spouse. Common sense expounds differences in these reveals different people.

The God of Abraham is the God of Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the God who died for your sins and the sins of all past, present, and future. One must simply believe and confess in their heart for this forgiveness.Differing lineage, differing activities, reveal different gods. Do you know Christ, Your Savior? His existence, presence, in Your life is revealed in the details.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
http://www.rickemeyer.com/

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Conversing and Sorting

Conversing or reasoning with one lacking morality, is like sorting cattle without a fence.

Have you ever tried to sort cattle or any other livestock without a fence? The cattle are able to roam anywhere desirable; no standard containment exists.

This sorting is Virtually impossible! So is conversing or reasoning with someone lacking moral fiber; lacking a distinction between right and wrong.

This is also the same as attempting to discipline someone who will turn around and sue you with the law allowed to blow in the wind and the judge ruling in their favor due to ignoring all laws.

Those lacking the Holy Spirit, lack any knowledge of right and wrong. To them everything is permissible. Consequently any discussion of morality: honesty and integrity with them is like pouring water into bucket full of holes.

It is like sorting cattle without a fence.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.
http://www.rickemeyer.com/

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Is Your Development Noticeable?

I see my nearly four year old nephew every two to three months. I am continually amazed how much he develops between each visit. Wyatt's speech continues rapid improvement in articulation, vocabulary, and wit. His mobility and thinking perpetually increase.

Do you notice this significant cerebral growth in the kids amongst your family and friends?

When I last saw Wyatt two months ago, I commented to my mom if people notice as much personal, professional, and spiritual change and development in us, in adults, every two to three months.
If not, why not?

At what age do we deem appropriate to discontinue massive spiritual, personal and professional growth?
  • Should we ever stop growing?
  • Should we ever, while on this earth, declare "I have arrived!"?
  • Do you agree that prudent adults pursue personal and spiritual growth their entire life?

Will your family, colleagues, and friends notice your spiritual and emotional growth between visits? How are you Growing, today?

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve and Grow with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve
www.rickemeyer.com




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