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
Running On Faith Ministry, Inc.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Your Second Wind is Just the Beginning

How many times have you felt on the brink of collapse from physical or mental exhaustion? Are you relieved upon receiving your second wind, your second burst of energy? I, like you, have experienced this numerous times over the years, whether during physical work, office work, or running.

The body becomes queasy, the legs and arms feel as if they will collapse at any moment; strength is absent. Fatigue blurs our thinking, disguising obvious choices and solutions.

Suddenly, as described by lyrics of an old Billy Joel song, your “second wind” comes along. Physical invigoration and clarity of thoughts resumes.

Four or five times during a long run Sunday, I desired quitting. Fatigue quickly generates justifications for ending the workout, such as the wind, boredom, fatigue, age, minor aches and pains. Fortunately, experience quickly disintegrates these temptations of complacency, a new “wind” provides physical and mental restoration for continued running.

Many encourage us to persevere until we attain our “second wind”. Unfortunately, we frequently stop at the end our “second wind”.

Greatness occurs beyond the “second wind”, rather the sixth, eighth, or tenth “wind”. Stamina enables a multitude of “winds”, numerous mental and physical rejuvenations. Champions develop physical and mental 'staying power' to endure through as many “winds”, rejuvenations, as necessary to achieve the desired goals and dreams.

My staying power on Sunday derived from experience, including faith. Trials and patience yield wisdom, wisdom yields staying power. The roots of my physical and mental stamina perpetually deepen in the fertile soils of scripture. The Bible assures we attain strength in Christ; all things are possible through Him. He restores our energy, and clarity.

Does exhaustion from life’s battles cause you to question your staying power? Does your mind blur from fatigue? Hang in there, Christ provides your “second wind”; as well as an eighth “wind” or as many “winds” as necessary for achieving His will for your life.

You may feel on the brink of collapse, Christ will restore your energy. Receive His restoration through reading the Bible, prayer, fellowship, associations and enduring life’s trials.

Faith continues beyond your second wind! Faith generated wisdom increases emotional, physical and spiritual staying power.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Think Outside the Box

Friday, May 28, 2010 – This written message is from notes recorded in 2004-2005.

“Think Outside the Box”

This secular slogan is popular among virtually all societal sects. Does popularity determine Godliness?

Who is the first to “Think outside the Box?”

Satan was thrown out of Heaven for questioning God’s line of command, for “Thinking Outside the Box.” Lucifer desired equality, if not superiority, to God. Discontent with God’s perfect design of power. Satan, through the serpent in the Garden, invited Adam and Eve to effectively think outside the box, instructing them to ignore God’s command of avoiding the Tree of Life.

Perhaps you argue that God “Thinks outside the Box.” God is the “Box,” He is the standard, He is Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding. Scripture is clear, “All things are possible through Christ who strengthens us.” Anything unattainable through Christ is evil. Rather than thinking “Outside the Box” we ought to “Think inside Scripture,” or “Think inside the Cross.”

Does any Godly, Holy Spirit led, Thinking originate outside of or in disagreement with Scripture? Beware of those inviting and encouraging, “Think Outside the Box.” Politely respond, “No thank you.” And if so led, “I am thinking inside scripture, allowing Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to guide my thoughts.”

Is our hope in the world or Christ?

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
The Life and Soul Agronomist
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Seek First...

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

What does secular society instruct that we seek first? The world instructs us to seek first selfish pleasure and Political Correctness.

Striving to say and do things congruent, in agreement, with scripture is a challenge in today's world. Has doing so ever been easy? Many of the disciples were tortured to death; yet many of us fear verbal or financial reprimand from our employers or friends. Which is more preferrable, losing your income or being sawed in two? The answer is obvious!

Considering some of Christ's followers were willing to be sawed in two; does this help give greater perspective to their faith? I don't know about you, but I hope I never have to face the option of being tortured to death.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

How Do You Spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S?

Do you remember the old Rolaids commercial: "How do you spell R-E-L-I-E-F?"

How do you spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S. Are your "spellings" contingent upon your environment?

I frequently reflect upon the 5th and final prayer about 3 minutes before the start of the 1984 State cross country meet at Manhattan's Warner Park. We had an opportunity to accomplish a rare feat at that time in Kansas cross country. Dan Schneider, whom I have previously written about; said, "Lord, help us run a race to glorify YOU; whether first place or last place." I nearly decked him when he uttered 'last place,' J but I quickly realized his prayer hit the Bull's-eye!

Probably not the type of prayer most "successful" people utter. How often do you hear a leading salesman say, "Lord, help me present this product / service to glorify you; whether resulting in a multi-million dollar sale or NOTHING"? If our objective is absent pleasing/serving God, are we on target?

Last Friday a seminar attendee gave me a note separate from the evaluations: "It's awesome to see how God is using you ? even through teaching Excel." Several in a South Dakota seminar said something similarly at the end. Perhaps I am weird, this flat made my day-week-month-year.

Last winter an employer from the early 1990s sent an e-mail asking to be reminded of a couple of my quips while running and working:
"It is not me, but Christ who is in me" and "I can't, Christ can, We (Christ and I) are."

My long time definition of Success will probably not be endorsed by Harvard, General Electric or other secular organizations.

“Success is achieving Christ's will for our lives by perpetually seeking and attaining God’s Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding.”
~ Rick E. Meyer

Reading about a book a day enables me to study topics of Faith, Leadership, Communication, Power of the Mind as a gift from our Creator, People Skills, etc in my effort to seek and attain the God’s Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding to achieve Christ's Will for my life. How is your reading?

Many define success on being happy, feeling good; for them, SUCCESS revolves around themselves instead of Christ.

How do you spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S?

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve Christ’s Will!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.