"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26
This morning I had to put gas in my truck. It was close to empty, and I didn't know how far I would be able to go. Don't you just love having to stop and put gas in your vehicle?!?! The price of gas makes us all cringe as we pull into the gas station. If one word could describe the way we feel when our tanks are empty it would be "discouragement!" Not too many years ago, we went to car dealerships and looked at vehicles for comfort and style. Today we go to car dealerships and ask, "How many miles to the gallon will this one get?"
Many of us today treat ourselves and the people around us like the gas tanks of our vehicles. We drive around with close-to-empty tanks hoping to get as many miles out of it as we can. I believe we are living lackluster, on the edge of the cliff lives because of a lack of encouragement. I heard a quote from George M. Adams that really made me think: "Encouragement is oxygen to the soul." We don't think twice about the oxygen we breathe. Maybe we think twice about the gas we put in our vehicles, but we still put it in them to get where we need to be. We should feel the same way about encouragement. I believe encouragement could solve many of our problems today. A husband and a wife needs encouragement today, and it could be the difference between a beautiful, lasting marriage or a difficult divorce. A child in a classroom today needs encouragement, and it could be the difference in a child thinking he/she is a failure or thinking he/she can be the next world changer. An employee today needs encouragement, and it could be the difference in an employee being fired or an employee taking a company to new heights. An unknown author once said, "Encouragement costs you nothing to give, but it is priceless to receive." The psalmist in Psalm 73:26 said, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." The price of gas may be high and it may hurt our hearts (and our wallets), but our strength is in the Lord! Our jobs may be more difficult than ever today, but God is our refuge. Our marriages may be on the rocks or on the edges of the cliff today, but our God is the Great Physician, the Healer, the Creator, and the Sustainer of all things! All it takes is a little encouragement to make a difference. I believe encouragement is just as important, if not more so, than the gas in our vehicles. I believe encouragement is just as important as the oxygen we breathe so that we can not only live but live fully! Jesus told His followers in John 16:32-33, "A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." Jesus received encouragement from His Father. Then He shared that encouragement with His followers who desperately needed it. Today, you can be encouraged by God who so loves you, and you can take that encouragement and share it with the people around you who desperately need it! May encouragement be the oxygen to your soul today:)