Friday, June 29, 2012

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July 2015

25 July 2015

"Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men." Colossians 3:18

This morning's warm and humid 11+ miler was one of the better regular runs--no prescribed workout or preset agenda--in a long time. Relaxed, felt strong and had FUN--including singing "Lift High the Cross" during the 8th mile @ 6:07 (feel sorry for those @ White Rock Lake that heard my out of tune
My sister's bone cancer diagnosis on Tuesday evening reminds me to appreciate every moment of health and to fully apply our God given talents. It's easy to take life and health for granted when healthy.
Yes, it was a bit warm and humid again this morning, yet I focused on the joy in Christ and the gifts of life, family, friends, health and running.

21 July 2015

While running intervals this morning in preparation for October's Marathon, I briefly reflected on pivotal moments of my running.

One includes, following several injuries over the previous 3 1/2 years, Lyle Claussen saying that I could run well if I consistently followed a program. I listened to him and went 13 years without another injury while logging dozens of 100+ mile weeks. The next injury occurred while stepping off a curb while passing people in a crowded marathon.

A...nother began 32 years ago today when I attended Congo's Cross Country Camp @ Rock Springs Ranch. The 80 miles in 4 days in the middle of a record setting hot summer further opened my eyes to the possibilities of our mind and body.

Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Trust God in everything (Proverbs 3:5), including pivotal moments He places in Your life.

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One of the mental aspects of running is starting off on the proper pace. We discuss how to precisely hit your 1 mile, 2 mile, 10 mile and 13.1 mile goal paces in all races, including Boston and New York.

Disclaimer, I once missed my intended 10M split at Boston by 3 seconds, 54:57 vs. 55:00 goal and the 13.1 @ N.Y.C. by 6 seconds w/ actual 67:41 vs. 67:35 goal.

In our high school state cross country championship races, all seven of  us defending team champs  hit our desired 880 mark to the second.

“Truly internalized – it’s part of your motivational leadership.” 
Barb S., conference attendee

"Based on your race times, we will offer you a professional athlete entry into the 2015 USA Masters Marathon Championship at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon."

David Schneider, M.D. responded to my correspondence regarding the 15th anniversary of the 1995 Boston Marathon.

“Rick…that is a very happy memory. I was graduating from med school and went on a trip to Boston to see one of the last basketball games in the old Boston Garden. Because one of my buddy’s uncles was an executive at John Hancock I had VIP seats right on the finish line, sitting next to the Mayor. And here comes Rick Meyer, one of the top American finishers!! I jumped the barrier and followed you into the med tent. We hadn’t seen each other in 10 years, so you were a little shocked to see me (besides being in physiologic shock after crushing the hardest marathon in the world).”

David later served on the medical staff of the both the Los Angeles Lakes and Dodgers, once attending a Dodgers game with Tommy Lasorda who introduced him to Tom Hanks.

David Schneider continues, “My favorite memory…that night after the Celtics game, I walked back through that huge public square to see the results posted on dozens of mobile classroom chalkboards, lined up as far as the eye could see. I walked all the way to the first board, and there on the top sheet of paper on the board was your name, along with a bunch of East Africans!! YOU STUD!!! Not bad for the son of a corn farmer from Gaylord, Kansas.”


Listen to Congo's Ideologies - 2008 Toastmasters District International Winning Speech

"Thanks Rick. Great seeing you this last weekend and really enjoyed it! I sure wish I had a video of your opening speech!"

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Re: “GOAL Achieving” presentation in Chicago

November 13, 2014

Chuck Norris discusses the amazing health benefits of increase intra-cellular glutathione.

September 5, 2014
You may download podcasts released by Running on Faith Ministry, Inc.
The Introduction to these podcasts--laying the foundation:

One of my favorite quotes:
"Challenges are spiritual barbells." ~ Dennis Peacocke
Additionally, consider that each challenge you face increases your ability to relate to a greater number of people in a wider variety of situations without facing their identical challenge. Rather each challenge enhances your perspective and strengthens your faith.
Thus challenges, when accepted and evaluated with a humble heart, enable you to have stronger, deeper relationships with more people. Which increases the impact of your life on others.
Yes, sincerely thank God for each of your challenges! ‪#‎RunningonFaith‬

June 2014
Worry Stagnates, Faith Activates. Run on Faith, today!
"Worry is contrary to God" ~ Martin Luther

Philosophy of Leadership / Serving (a)

The Organization - Rick E. Meyer - Founder and President

Award Winning Speaker, Certified Trainer and Dallas Theological Seminary graduate:
Rick E. Meyer illustrates Biblical truth and love as the foundation of enduring success in business, academics, athletics and all relationships. During his uplifting presentations, Rick connects these truths to creating success in our daily lives, sending listeners away with the ability to imagine greatness while encouraging them to trust God in Christ.

See, Believe, Achieve Inc. involves multifaceted market place ministry through motivational and inspirational speaking, public and private—secular and Christian seminars, blogs, authoring books and articles. Additionally engaging in business development as an independent associate with Max International, and running marathons. Max International provides health supplements, and develops associates into leader servants.


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Success is achieving Christ’s will, through the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit for one’s life, perpetually seeking and attaining the necessary wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are perfect—complete—consequently God’s will for my life, and everyone’s life, encompasses each aspect—membership, citizenship, relationship, endeavor—of one’s life.

God’s Will creates and allows actions and consequences symbiotically interacting with everything according to His wisdom.

Christ’s will includes the will of the Father (Mt. 7:21), possessing God’s full depth and breadth in our every thought, action, and interaction. I strive to remain humble before the Lord, trusting He will lift me up (James 4:10).

(a)Excerpt: The Leader Servant  ~  3 December 2012
Dallas Theological Seminary – SL305 Dynamics of Leadership

June 2, 2014

Rick E. Meyer earned a Masters of Art in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX. Rick also received a Graduate Teacher Diploma for teaching Evangelical Training Association Certificate Courses from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Applied Research Project: The Holy Spirit's Guidance in Max International.

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Grandma's Marathon 2014

Driving thru St. Paul, MN last Friday (6/20/2014) on the way to Duluth, I reflected on once entering the Twin Cities Marathon (TCM) with a sore leg just as I had on this drive to Duluth. Despite the leg hurting during warm-up and the first mile @ TCM, I managed a 2:27 followed by a solo 2:24 twenty-seven days later.

I reflected on this for optimism, while diligently praying for speed, strength and wisdom. Unfortunately, this time the leg also hurt during warm-up and failed to hold-up, I quit running after passing the 1st mile in a blazing 11+ minutes--far exceeding my previous mile PW.

However, the Lord did and does saturate my heart with Peace, Joy and Gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), just as during the more favorable results. Additionally, I am exceptionally Grateful and Joyful to see friends achieve amazing performances in Duluth. Congrats again to each of you!

Grateful precedes Greatfull! Always Trust God! (Prov. 3:5-6)

May 14, 2014
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Joyful & grateful to graduate from Dallas Theological Seminary this past weekend. Prayerfully seeking to obediently serve God.

April 10, 2014

"For the cause of Christ, who may I serve and help today?" ~ Charles M. Gibbs

What is your Mission Statement?
This one correlates with scripture and the desires of my heart.

I desire engagement in businesses, and any activity,  in which I may fully acknowledge my belief in, trust of, and dependence on Christ. Why would any Christian desire presence among those hating and rejecting Christ? Those who hate Christ also hate Christians (John 15:18-19).

March 31, 2014
I am frequently asked why I run. Running is a provided tool by God with which I am to serve and glorify Him (Col 3:17).
Success is achieving Christ's will for your life (Mt 6:33, 7:21). Perpetually seek God's wisdom, knowledge, and understanding neccessary for attainment. God's will for our individual lives derives from His one complete will for creation.
"Success is pleasing God." ~Dr. Stanley Toussaint
I run to serve and glorify God through the resulting relationships. When we serve and glorify God, the world frequently hates us (John 15:18-27). I heartily acknowledge that I have, do, and will fall short in my attempts to please God (Romans 3:23). My dependence for success rests fully on Jesus Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Whether running or anything else, seek to serve and glorify God through the resulting relationships (Col 3:17).
March 30, 2014
We frequently say and hear, "go the 'extra-mile'". Yet, how do we meet, much less exceed, God's love and holiness? (Mt 22:37-39).

March 30, 2014
Good month of training, as I ran 355 miles, which includes five days of rest--no running. Far from my all-time high of 500, yet the highest monthly total in years.

March 29, 2014
When I give my best in a foot race or work day / project, I lack sufficiency for an extra-mile--literal or proverbial. I am only able to go an extra-mile when I fail to give my best in the original task. Give your best in serving God, achieving His will each and every moment, and you won't have to go an extra-mile.

March 20, 2014
Does the Peace of God (Phil 4:7) instigate Trusting God, or does Trusting God instigate the Peace of God?
We receive salvation in Christ through belief and trust (Acts 16:31; Ro 10:9). Upon believing, we receive the indwelling Holy Spirit who provides inner-peace (Ro 15:13; 1 Co 6:19; Eph 4:30; 2 Timothy 1:14).
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March 11, 2014
Enjoyed a good 22-miler this morning, beginning through the SMU campus then to Walnut Hill and Inwood. I ran through several neighborhoods while working my back to SMU. The run ended with an out and back on Katy Trail, adding a mile near the American Airlines Center. What a beautiful morning to run, and meditate on God's word, presence and promptings.

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March 9, 2014

Paul begins each of his letters acknowledging that he is a servant of Christ instead of a leader for Christ?
This includes when declaring himself an apostle. “A common feature of all these meanings (of apostle) is their predominantly passive character. In none of them do we find any suggestion either of initiative on the part of the ἀπόστολος or of authorization linked with the mission. The most that can be said is that the word denotes the quality of being sent, unless we are to regard it as no more than a stereotyped term.” [1]  

Are you asking and willing for the indwelling Holy Spirit to maximize your serving Christ in everything?

[1] Gerhard Kittel, Geoffrey W. Bromiley, and Gerhard Friedrich, eds., Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1964–), 407–408.

March 7, 2014

“God, what is your Dream / Vision for me?"
"How may I serve you today?"
"What may I learn and how may I mature in you today?"
"God, do I glorify you in promoting this product or service to myself and others?”
~ Charles M. Gibbs

An excerpt from my DTS Applied Research Project,.

February 24, 2014

Compliments instantly trigger those walking in the Spirit to humbly praise God for His blessings and activity in their life.
"Encouragement is an instrument of divine change." Charles M. Gibbs

February 15, 2014

Stewardship mandates we strive to use creation to glorify God, the creator.
All things were created by Him and for Him (Co 1:16-17)
"How may I/we use this resource to glorify God?"

Sin reverses the order of creation, thus sinful stewardship exhorts using creation to glorify creation. "How can I/we use resources to 'save the earth?"

Only God can save or destroy the earth! When we truly communicate with Him through His word and prayer, He will guide us appropriately according to His will, which correlates with His wisdom.

Stewardship in running requires that we seek to glorify God, always!

February 14, 2014

The intensity of prayer in our hearts often reflects our desire and dependence to walk in the Spirit (Ro 8:4).

February 10, 2014

"The Leader Servant yearns for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in serving and glorifying God. Walking in the Spirit commands we recognize God as our only Leader. Servants joyfully acknowledge all glory belongs to God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit."

This excerpt from my Applied Research Project (APR) came to mind this evening when pondering Leadership. I can only consider myself Leading--in front--If I turn my back on God, thus walking in darkness. When walking in Him, His Light radiantly defines the Leader.

I shared with both readers of this paper, Dr. Lanier Burns and Charles Gibbs, that I wish my diploma read, "Masters of Art in Christian Serving".

February 10, 2014

Keep Running Records for later Optimism:
I was Very disappointed with my 10K time in Edinburgh last weekend. However, records show that I ran a 37:?? 10K (~6:00 pace) in August of 2000, followed by a 2:32:08 (5:48 pace--chip time) in the 2000 Twin Cities Marathon in October--my first marathon in four years after taking 3 years off from running.

Another factor to record: Body Weight. Edinburgh's 38:16 @ ~165 lbs vs. 2000 races @ prime weight of 145 - 148 lbs. Extra cargo, physical and emotional, serves as a great detriment to performance/achievement. 

Release the extra weight of your sin, worries and concerns to God through Christ Jesus (Ps 55:22; Mt 11:30, 28-30).

"Worry is contrary to God." Martin Luther

 Keep and Review your Records. Keep the Faith--Trust God!

Tuesday October 1, 2013

Do you and I stand in awe and fear of God? As a child in Kansas, everyone attending church stood in awe of God.

This awe and fear seemed to resemble that which we read about as spoken and written about by Moses and the Prophets.

In my observation, we have viewed and treated God as more common than Godly during past approximate ten years, and perhaps the last two decades.

The more I stand in awe and fear--Respect--of God, the greater my desire to study His word in which He reveals His character, salvation, eternal promise and promise of returning to rule.

Conversely, any hesitation that I have to read, and study His word, along with spending time with Him in prayer, reveals my declining sense of awe and reverence of God

As I Run on Faith, seeking to achieve His will for my life, I must remain reverently in awe of the God of all creation, the God of power and might, the God of Judgment, Mercy, Grace, Light, Truth and Love.

I am Running on Faith to the 2016 Olympic Marathon. Knowing and confessing that it is not me, but Christ who is in me! I can't, Christ can, We--Christ and I--Are by the power of the Holy Spirit!

God the Father, Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit owe me nothing. All that I receive hear and in eternal life, through the Lord Jesus Christ's death and resurrection for the forgiveness of  my sins (John 3:16) and the sins of all who believe, results from God's goodness, mercy, grace and love.

There is only one God, now and forever. Jesus says that He and the Father are one, and they send the comforter, the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ explains that if you know Him, you know the Father. If you know the Father, you know the Lord Jesus Christ.

All who know the only God of all creation, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, know the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit whom we receive upon believing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior for forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

When I know parents, I instantly recognize their attributes in their children. If I do not know fathers, I can look at a child for an hour, day, month or year and never recognized their father's traits in them. I only recognized them as the son or daughter when I know the parents.

When we know God the Father, we instantly see Him--His attributes--in Christ.

Because I know and trust God's sovereignty and provision, the government shutdown has no effect on me. God is my provider! Historically, hostile rulers and governments seek to deplete its citizens of all hope, including hope in God.

Once they deplete the people of hope in God, the hostile rulers and governments scare the people into believing that they, the ruler and government, serve as the only source of sovereignty and provision.

The hostile rulers and governments want people to worship them, they also encourage worship of idols and false gods. They deny the true God, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. They mock His written word, the Bible.

David, as recorded in Samuel, serves as a terrific example of leaving these rulers for God. David had at least two opportunities to harm Saul, yet refused to harm Saul who sought to kill David, because of David's love and reverence for God.

I fervently pray that hostile rulers, goverment officials, and common citizens repent--turn to God. I pray in love for them because Christ first loved me.

Only by God's grace do I know, worship and receive salvation from God through Jesus Christ. He forgives me, despite my mistakes--my sins. I pray that all those who oppose God, will know Him now.

My hope for life on earth and life eternal exists in only the God of creation, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Through Him, by Him and for Him I seek to love Him with all of my heart, soul and mind, and love others as much as I love myself (Mt 22:37-39).

My hope for building profitable business(es), speaking to groups and achieving the Olympic dream in the 2016 Olympic Marathon, resides in Christ alone.

Acheivements are good as long as they transpire in response to loving and serving God. My sufficiency resides in Christ, whom I stand before in reverent awe.

Do you reverently fear God? Where do you place your hope for today, tomorrow and eternity? Is your sufficiency founded in Christ or man?

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!
Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Saturday September 21, 2013

After completing graduate school in December, I plan to run, deliver keynote addresses and seminars, increase my writing and share with/educate the world about the amazing benefits of glutathione.

What do you know about glutathione? You owe it to yourself, your family, business associates and friends to check out the health benefits of glutathione.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!
Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Monday July 22, 2013

Last Monday (7/15/13) my resting pulse was 31 beats per minute.

Saturday June 22, 2013

New record low this morning for resting pulse @ 35 beats per minute (bpm).

Wednesday June 19, 2013

Running on Faith:
Last Thursday (06/13/2013) I finished the day exhausted. The week began with an early Sunday morning one-hundred minute run in heavy rain, and close lightning, followed by teaching Men's Bible Study at Park Cities Bapties That afternoon I flew to Houston to lead two days of seminars. I arrived in the seminar room by 7:00 AM both days, after late nights with dinner followed by work. I returned to Dallas late Tuesday due to a delayed flight. Once home, I ran 10-miles before going to bed.

On Wednesday, I awakened at 5:00 AM while arriving in the seminar room in downtown Dallas by 7:00 AM for Wednesday and Thursday seminars. I also received CryoTherapy at CryoUSA Wednesday evening due to a sore hamstring.

After Thursday's seminar, I joined friends for our weekly meeting at Taco Joint. Two hours after eating two Soft Tacos, I returned home for a run. Do I really want to run? Yes! Beginning June 1st, I doubled my daily Cellgevity intake due to increase training. Immediately upon arriving home, I swallowed the four capsules of Cellgevity while drinking the Max ATP energy solution.

I then changed from a suit into running clothes. I immediately recognized that I felt better running than I had in years. The Garmin watch recorded my first mile in 5:52, the second in 5:48. The next two miles I focused solely on my running form. My body adapts proper form much easier with the loss of approximately forty pounds in the past twelve months.

As I glanced at the lines on the sidewalk, I quickly recognized my air distance significantly increased compared to "normal" runs. Garmin recorded my next two miles in a cummulative 9:22. My fastest two-mile training run in years. The increased energy from Cellgevity enables wait loss, increased focus, and increase energy in each run. I am eagerly anticipating my next marathon on October 6, 2013.

God places the people and opportunity in your life to achieve His will. Equivalently, God places us in people's life, and places on our heart to positively impact them to achieve His will.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!
January 2013
My research project at Dallas Theological Seminary includes discussing how business associates and leaders in Max International listen and respond to the Holy Spirit in business. Naturally, I am excited that Chuck Norris and his wife Gina endorse Cellgevity and Max International.

At age 46, I am running better than I have in years! God has blessed me with amazing training partners and coaches over the years, Bill Congleton, Lyle Claussen, and now Joe Boyle in Dallas.

Additionally, increasing my intracellular production of glutathione yields seemingly miraculous physiological results with Cellgevity, ATP and MaxN-Fuze ( ). God--the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit--receive all the glory, credit and honor.

The amazing people and opportunities are simply a product of others responding to God's command.

Are you listening for and responding to God's command for your life? What dreams does God have for you? All things are possible through the one true triune God!

Tuesday April 16, 2013
My prayers for the Peace and Hope of God found in the power and relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to internalize and comfort all affected by yesterday's bombing in Boston.

The BAA Boston Marathon represents greatness, legends, competition, guts, glory and comradeship. This native Kansas farmboy fondly recalls running beside some of the world's top runners from Kenya, when competing years ago.

In the second half of the race my silent cheerful laughter, nearly turned audible as I passed a Kenyan ranked the world's #1 distance runner of the year for the previous year.

The french root for competition, competre, signifies bringing out the best in yourself and others. The BAA Boston Marathon epitomizes runners gathering from around the globe to bring out the best in one's self and each other. Testing the human body and mind endurance and pain tolerance in journeying from Hopkington to Boston.

Those responsible for yesterday's tragedy epitomize selfishness, envy, greed, foolishness and despising God. I pray that they, plural or singular, will repent--turn to God--believing in the Lord Jesus Christ's death and resurrection for their eternal salvation.

Because God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit loves me, I pray the orchestrators of yesterday's tragedy will quickly know / believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins, receiving eternal salvation.

Any lesser desire lowers my heart, now elevated in Christ, to the current depths of their heart.

I look forward to running the 2014  BAA Boston Marathon--God willing and by His Grace, mercy, love,  health, and power.

Trust God! See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Update: Friday March 15, 2013
Are you pursuing God's will, His dreams for your life? Are you asking Him in prayer, seeking through reading His word in the Bible and associating with Spiritually Mature Christians, for Him to reveal His dreams for you?

I am in the middle of my fourth semester (March 2013) at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, on track to earn an M.A. Christian Leadership in Decemeber 2013.

God continually reveals His dreams as well as perpetually greater depth and breadth of His provision and sovereignty. He provides all of our needs: emotional, physical, financial, relational, and recreational. We simply trust Him.

We acknowledge that we deserve nothing outside of His Grace through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of each our sins (Romans 3:23; John 3:16; Matthew 6:33).

We serve Him with all of our Heart-Mind-Soul, loving others as much as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). We humbly, joyfully, gratefully and prayerfully thank Him for everything--any and all gifts and challenges (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

At age 46, I am running better than I have in years! God has blessed me with amazing training partners and coaches over the years, Bill Congleton, Lyle Claussen, and now Joe Boyle in Dallas.

Additionally, increasing my intracellular production of glutathione yields seemingly miraculous physiological results with Cellgevity, ATP and MaxN-Fuze ( ). God--the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit--receive all the glory, credit and honor. Chuck Norris and his wife Gina endorse Cellgevity and Max International.

The amazing people and opportunities are simply a product of others responding to God's command.

Are you listening for and responding to God's command for your life? What dreams does God have for you? All things are possible through the one true triune God!

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See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Completed a two-hour run in ninety-nine degree temps.

If you can't stand the heat, train in the kitchen. It's all about acclimation. Rick E. Meyer

How are you acclimating to discomfort for greater improvements, including stronger, more engaged, faith?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Finish Line of Greatness

The finish line of Greatness lies beyond an inescapable cement wall. Faith, Wisdom, Hope, Desire, Vision and Love enable passage through the wall.

The wall's thickness and density are proportional to the awaiting Greatness.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Friday, June 22, 2012

What do you focus on?

Earlier this week I reviewed videos of a few my speeches from 2002 to 2010. I am working on a blog for the Fourth of July and wanted to recapture past thoughts and perspectives. Included on the same mini-DV tapes were videos of past Christmas gatherings.

Watching these videos generated frustration and shame towards myself. I wanted to see more of the people in the room where I shot the videos. Instead, I focused the camera more on gifts than people.

Specifically, I wanted to see my dad. Yet, I only placed the camera on him a few times. If I outlive my mother, I will later wish I had her in more of the videos.

Ten years from now noone will care who gave what gifts to whom. However, we will care about the people in the room.

Watching these videos reminded me of a lesson all of us have heard numerous times in numerous ways. Whether videoing, taking pictures or conversing in a room with friends and family, Focus on People, not Things.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Second Hand Negative

(Originally presented as a speech by Rick E. Meyer in Toastmasters in 2000 or 2001)

Have you received a multitude of warnings regarding the dangers of second-hand smoke? Some suggest our lungs fill with tar from second-hand smoke, as do the lungs of smokers. A plethora of studies, documents and discussions exist regarding the effects of second-hand smoke. I lack any desire or intention of picking-on those who smoke.  

When you or I associate with smokers, especially if we gather in a smoke-filled room, smoke saturates our clothes. The smoke-filled environment causes our eyes to redden, and the deepening and raspy sound of our vocal tonality. Enough exposure to smoke eventually causes our sense of smell to adapt, leading to eventually accepting the aroma of smoke as normal.

Those with whom we encounter after leaving the smoke-filled environment instantly sense the environmental effects of second-hand smoke. They instantly know we had been in a smoke-filled environment, they smell the smoke on our clothes, the see the redness in our eyes, and hear the deep, raspy tonality of our voice.

Even if we become accustomed to the smell, no longer noticing the effect on our clothes, eyes and voice, others still notice. It is nearly impossible to avoid the powerfully obvious effects of second-hand smoke.

The mention of second-hand smoke serves only illustrative purposes in this discussion. I believe another second-hand contaminate contains exponentially greater damaging effects than smoke—Second-hand Negative.

When we associate with negative people or gather in a room filled gossip and complaining, the negative begins infiltrating our attitude. Just like smoke, even if we become calloused to the effects, no longer sensing negative, the effects remain. As others detect our presence around smoke, they too detect our presence around negative.

What are the effects of second-hand negative? Our attitude diminishes, our eyes and smiles lose their optimistic sparkle. Our voice shifts from a cheerful tone to one of despair. The brief illustration of a negative person speaking—when presenting in a keynote or seminar—causes loss of optimism, and energy. The tar of negativity ruins our creativity, imagination, vision, encouragement, and optimism.

Those with whom we encounter instantly detect our previous association with second-hand negative. They hear negative tonality in our voice, see despair—at minimum they sense a lack of optimism—in our eyes and face. We lose our attractiveness—negative causes us to become unattractive. It is nearly impossible to avoid the powerfully obvious effects of second-hand negative.

The effects second-hand negative hinder our physical and emotional health in real ways. Negative emotions significantly impact the secretion of neurotransmitters.

Neurotransmitters affect:
  1. Appetite
  2. Cardiovascular System
  3. Control of Muscles
  4. Immune System
  5. Injury Recovery
  6. Motivation
Moreover, stress from anxiety or depression causes the excessive release of cortisol, which can potentially destroy our immune system over time.

To avoid second-hand smoke saturating my clothes, causing them to stink, along with my eyes reddening and my voice becoming raspy, I now remain outside of smoky environments. If I open the door to a smoke filled room, I immediately shut it and go elsewhere.

When you and I recognize the detrimental effects of second-hand negative—literally and figuratively—we will close every door leading to rooms filled with negativity. You and I will immediately go elsewhere.

Shut the door to negative associations!

Regain, restore, replenish the attractive sparkle in your eyes, smile and voice. Strengthen your creativity, imagination, vision, encouragement, and optimism. Strengthen your physical and emotional health.

Avoid second-hand negative!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Since the original presentation of this topic, an excellent book published explaining the effects of negativity. I highly recommend: Mathias, Art Ph.D. In His Own Image. Anchorage, AK: Wellspring Publishing, 2003.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

To Be the Best...A Great America

To be the Best, we must Think, Prepare and Respond as the Best. To be a Great Nation, a Great America, we must Think, Prepare and Respond as a Great Nation, as a Great America. ~ Rick E. Meyer

Are current American leaders and citizens Thinking, Preparing and Responding as the leaders and citizens who elevated America to Greatness? Great America chooses freedom over security. Great America understands the symbiotic relationship of Freedom and Responsibility. Great America places faith in God.

A nation that Thinks, Prepares and Responds as failing nations, will fail. Failing nations burden people and organizations with excessive regulations. Failing nations trust in Government instead of God. Failing nations discourage and prohibit worship of God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Failing nations oppose freedom and responsibility, rather relying on their god, government, for provision. Pride comprises the roots of failing nations, pride comprises the roots of placing faith, hope and trust in man over God. Throughout history, every nation denying reliance on God, fails.

America, we approach the point of no return regarding our Liberation and Freedom. America, Think, Prepare, and Respond as the Great America, the World Leader America, the America that fights for and defends the Constitution as well as promoting Liberation and Freedom around the globe.

America, our Thinking, Preparing and Responding as Great America begins with our submission to God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Humility, a humble spirit, comprises the roots of humility, of humble hearts. Humility comprises the roots placing faith, hope and trust in God over man.

Saying America is not a Christian nation denies acknowledging God's blessings on this Great Nation. America became great because of her submission and reliance on God. This includes forgiveness, as we all sin and fall short of the glory of God.

To be the Best, to be a Great Nation, a Great America, we must Think, Prepare, and Respond as the Best, as a Great Nation, a Great America. Let every person and Nation pursue greatness, let every person and nation submit to and humble themselves before God. He will lift you and us up, this the Bible promises.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day

Once again the son returned to the dugout with his head hanging low, the thrown baseball smacked into the first baseman’s glove before the boy’s arrival. His sprint down the baseline resembled a slow motion replay compared to the real time motion of all other players. The next time at bat, the son’s head lowered upon the umpire’s echoing, “Steerike Three! Your out.”

His father sat in the stands watching this familiar scene of his son’s perpetual athletic failures. He knew only one or two choices remained when playground team captains chose the son for their team. Yet, he understood their choices as his son lacked size, speed, quickness, agility, and coordination. These deficiencies amplified during the son’s junior high school years of participating in football and basketball.

Despite logic, prudence and wisdom suggesting the son lacked attributes of successful athletes, the dad kept encouraging the son, “Just do your best.”

During occasional breaks between tasks on their Kansas farm, or before entering the house for supper, they sat in the pick-up visiting about a range of topics including agriculture, politics—the symbiotic relationship of freedom, and responsibility--as well as right and wrong. He also reiterated the value of a man’s (or woman’s) word, along with developing and honing Godly imagination.

He spoke of the value of both the mom’s and dad’s relationships with children and the encouragement of pursuing dreams. The dad’s emphasis on the child-parent relationship permanently convinced the son to avoid any non-marital sexual relations. The son only desired children if they could enjoy the loving relationship of a married mom and dad displayed by the son’s parents.
Additionally, he instructed the son of the importance of worshipping God, studying the Bible, and singing hymns of praise to our Lord. “You must learn music in school, because it is very important in church.” Other wisdom included, “So what if church lasts longer than an hour. How much does God do in your life each of the one-hundred-sixty-eight hours every week?” The dad frequently sang or whistled hymns while working around the farm along the North Fork of the Solomon River, including Shall We Gather at the River.

In regards to politics, he frequently warned the son, “The people of Germany never thought what happened in Germany with Hitler would happen to them. We must always guard against this type of thing happening in the United States.”

The son frequently spoke of his passion to farm, and occasionally shared his goals of competing on state championship and nationally ranked high school teams. Because of the evidence witnessed on the diamond, field and court, others advised the son, “Get a reality check kid.”

Despite the evidence and discouragement from some, the father continually listened and encouraged the son to pursue his God given goals and dreams. “Just keep working, doing your best, all things (with Christ) are possible.”

The dad’s continual encouragement of and belief in his son, personified faith as the substance of things hoped for despite any visible evidence (Hebrews 11:1). He internalized faith and the resulting optimism into the son.

The father continued observing the son fail, yet maintained encouragement. A few years later, he witnessed the devastation in the son’s eyes as the dad shared the family had to leave the farm because of the bank’s foreclosure. The boy’s grandpa moved on this farm as a bachelor in 1918.

He listened and continued encouragement as the son painfully told of the lady he interviewed with laughing hysterically in his face as he shared his goals. Once her laughter subsided enough to speak, “Let me get this straight. You never qualified for state in this 3A no-name (Smith Center, Kansas) school, yet you believe you can compete on state championship and nationally ranked teams in 6A at Manhattan High School (Kansas), and you think you can place among the top ten in 6A State cross country?”

Controlling his passion, the son quietly responded “Yes.”

The lady resumed her amplified laughter.

That night the dad continued encouraging with faith, “Just do your best, son.”

The father epitomized doing one’s best, exerting every ounce of his energy in achieving God’s will for his life. He illustrated doing your best mandated honesty, integrity and faith while performing the necessary tasks for a job’s completion. He taught that in doing one’s best, we faithfully accept God’s results.

Five months after moving to Manhattan, the father—after years of watching his son hang his head after striking out, being thrown out, failing to make plays and giving up plays—smiled as the boy and his teammates became the youngest team to win Kansas’ 6A state cross country championship.

A year later, the encouraging father who internalized faith and the pursuit of God given dreams into his son, beamed with joy as the son sprinted across the 6A state cross country championship finish line in ninth place. The team earned another state championship trophy, and later received recognition as one of the best teams in America. The dad’s faith and encouragement enabled the failing boy to achieve his goals and dreams.

With a half-mile remaining in the race, the son continued running despite literally blacking-out—losing consciousness—from the intense pain. The son later explained how he kept running after losing consciousness, “My dad said to do my best. This included focusing on my vision, goals, dreams, training and the power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life. My dad taught me that doing my best included reading the entire New Testament during the season, enabling me to quote numerous Bible verses during the race.”

Twenty-two years later—November 2006—the son and dad engaged in yet another discussion of life, values and faith. This time they did not sit in the pick-up as they had so many times in the previous thirty-nine years, rather in a hospital room. The dad suffered from hydrocephalus (water on the brain), along with receiving a lung cancer diagnosis thirty-six hours earlier. He requested, “Let’s pray for God to bless everyone we know.”

A short time later, the dad intently looked into the son’s eyes summarizing his lifelong message, “Always trust God. Remember that son, trust God always.”

“I will Dad, I will.” The son observed the faith and love in his dad’s eyes.

This concluded their nearly forty years of conversations. The dad died three weeks later.

As a grown man the son continues striking out, being thrown out, failing to make plays and giving up plays in this thing we call life. Yet, his dad’s encouraging and faith-filled voice and message resonates in his heart and mind. He continues doing his best, studying the Bible, pursuing visions, dreams and goals while adhering to his dad’s last advice of always trusting God.

Happy Father’s Day Dad! You  directed me to, and encouraged my trust in, the Heavenly Father.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer

See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Running on Faith

Running on Faith: Timeless Principles for Winning Life's Marathon
by Rick E. Meyer


 My legs burn with fatigue! The Kearney Good Samaritan Hospital 5K starts in a matter of moments, and others question my sanity again! I quip to Erich and Tom, “This will be a good mental toughness workout.”

Perhaps the 5:30 a.m. 6-mile run and the 120 weekly miles of training contribute to the intense fatigue. As the gun fires at 8:06, Kearney High runners shoot out quickly.
Former UNK (University of Nebraska-Kearney) cross-country runners Tom Magnuson--a three-time All-American--and Erich Whitemore join me as our bodies transform potential energy to kinetic.
Tom’s experience and strength delay his assumption of the lead until near the quarter-mile mark. Erich and I move into the second and third positions after the first half-mile.
We pass the mile in 4:45. “I can hang out at this pace,” I reflect while viewing the split. Erich has other ideas; he quickens the pace. At the halfway mark, my legs begin to wobble and buckle. I struggle to remain standing, while Tom holds a commanding lead.

My mind, exhausted from the focus and concentration necessary for the demanding mileage and workouts, seeks relief and begs my body to stop. Erich looks back at me, and I call out, “Go ahead.”

 Erich yells back, “Come on!”

 Once again I plead, “Go ahead.” This mental toughness workout exceeds my expectations and desire. My legs wobble like a wheel falling off a wagon.

Erich bellows a second time, “Come on!”

I state consciously but not verbally, Lord, I need you! I cannot! Christ can! We are. It is not me, rather Christ who is in me. I repeat this as if playing on a continuous loop. Suddenly, my body fills with the strength necessary to continue this hasty cadence.

The perpetually intensifying pain resembles lightning bolts piercing my body’s every nerve. Our second mile split is 4:37; four minutes and thirty-three seconds (4:33) excruciatingly pass into history before reaching the three-mile mark.
Running on faith, I sprint the final 176 yards and pass Erich to win second place in 14:32.

In the hospital parking lot following the awards ceremony, a Kearney physician approaches me. “Congratulations, Rick. I could never run like you do. I hurt when I run.”

 His words leave me speechless! Little do I realize, 10½ years later, I will stand in this same parking lot, speechless, with excruciating pain zapping my body and mind: ‘Running on Faith.’


Running on Faith Ministry Inc.