Friday, May 16, 2014


Excerpt: The Leader Servant  ~  3 December 2012

Dallas Theological Seminary – SL305 Dynamics of Leadership


Vision is nitroglycerin to motivation. Motivation engages one’s motive into action. Vision enlivens the determined results and events in one’s mind before literally occurring. Hall of Fame Coach, Bill “Congo” Congleton frequently taught, “The mind cannot tell the difference between a real and an imagined event.”

Vision is not self-actualization! Rather, optimal visions activates each of the five senses—touch, taste, hear, see, smell—in response to the desired achievement. Consequently, powerful visions generate emotions such as laughter, tears, fear, and joy. The desired achievement mandates evaluation. If the vision fails to produce strong emotions, then either details lack or the vision fails to inspire the person. If the vision fails to inspire, one should prudently discern whether to improve, keep or change the vision.

As a Leader Servant, I strive, and encourage others, to positionally see God in my mind’s eye through His Word, Prayer and fellowship. I seek to evaluate each thought and action first with His Word. Does scripture directly oppose my thoughts or actions? If scripture lacks specific opposition, I then pray and visit with my mentor, or spiritually mature members of the board or friends about the issue.

I also engage in the exercise of visualizing God in all his majesty to the best of my ability. I am in instant awe! All challenges, temptations and concerns reduce to clay particles, which God molds according to His will (Rom. 9:21).

Power of Vision and Faith

Vision creates positive, internal challenges. Challenging one’s mind-body-spirit simultaneously creates exponential benefits. Nehemiah’s vision of rebuilding the Jerusalem wall caused him to prepare diligently by calculating the necessary supplies, required documentation, work force, time, favor, dependence on God, and danger.[1]

Greatness occurs with faith in Christ and His word, recognizing that God created us in His image, fully reliant upon Christ’s strength, power, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Faith often defies logic, and greatness occurs when we dwell on a specific vision of serving people for God.

When the components of greatness combine in any order or combination, the achievements increase exponentially. God desires each of us to live on faith, “Without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebr. 11:6), and “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:14-26). Faith results in maximizing our service to God with the attributes He gifted us.

The Leader Servant’s Godly character seeks methods for maximization within the context of how God created us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The Leader Servant praises God for how he created us, instead of praising the creation (Rom. 1:18-25). He also understands the exponential effects of the components of greatness.


Components of Greatness:                                                                 Achievement:


Effort                                                                              10X

Effort + Faith                                                                               100X

Effort + Faith + Desire                                                              1,000X

Effort + Faith + Desire + Belief                                              10,000X

Effort + Faith + Desire + Belief + Vision                             100,000X

Effort + Faith + Desire + Belief + Vision + Mentor           1,000,000X


  • Effort – Magnitude of self-exertion.
  • Faith – Trusts God fully and completely, pursuing the prize which remains invisible to the secular eye.
  • Desire – Value determines Price. The higher the Value, the greater enormity and duration of physical and emotional pain you are willing to suffer for achievement. This emphasizes the need and benefit of perpetual spiritual maturity.
  • Belief – Knowing your physical, mental, financial and spiritual resources exceed the price of the achievement; trusting God to provide these resources.
  • Vision – Submit your boundary fence of possibilities to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The Servant Leader knows success from Thinking Inside the Bible.
  • Mentor – A person coaches, discusses and guides you, and who internalizes the Bible and engages in a continual communicative relationship with Jesus Christ.


E=mC >E=mc2: Energy = mass*Christ (Light of the World) > Energy = mass*speed of light2  


The Servant Leader inquires of those in their organization, “What is your Christ filled vision? Are you fully activating your faith?” Much is spoken and written about getting one’s “second wind.” In reality, the second wind scratches only the surface of success for the Leader Servant.

We achieve Christ’s desired greatness in our lives well beyond our second wind, rather in our fifth, sixth or tenth wind. Each wind is the point you desire relief because of reaching the edge of physical and/or emotional collapse, when your mind and body say, “enough.” 

Sadly, most people make a big deal of attaining just their second wind. Faith, Vision and Desire are essential components of enduring through the tenth or whatever the necessary “wind” in pursuit of greatness in serving Christ and His people.


For example, the mental challenge of running six miles or twenty-nine miles resembles a thick, poured cement wall. It appears virtually unbreakable, until an exhaustive examination, aided by the mentor and Holy Spirit, reveals a hairline fracture.

Faith, desire, belief, and vision are thoroughly mixed with focus and concentration; creating a liquid solution seeping into and through the fracture.

Their gradual expansion disseminates the wall. The pristine view of “Champion” faintly appears in the distant horizon. The credit and glory of this dissemination belongs solely to Christ as the Leader Servant gains another assist in helping people achieve Christ’s will for their lives.


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

[1] (Meyer, Leadership Observations in the Life of Nehemiah 2012)

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