Encouragement is oxygen for the soul. -- John Maxwell
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily." -- Zig Ziglar
Encouragement and motivation are like the air we breathe: everybody needs it. The lack of it causes us to wallow in a life of dwarfed dreams and shallow visions.
An encouraging word inspires us to keep our focus on faith, hope and love for the future. A discouraging word can rob, steal and kill our ability to overcome the obstacles that confront us.
That's what concerns me about the state of America right now. We are in short supply of encouragement.
There are numerous reports about America's collective mood. Most of them show that Americans are feeling pessimistic about their future. The findings from a recent Rasmussen Reports telephone survey reveal that nearly half (49%) of voters think America's best days are buried in the past.
The summer of 2013 may be described as the summer of discontent in America. We are not satisfied with the way things have become.
We still struggle with a sluggish economy, unemployment, and what seems to be ineffective leadership from Washington.
Americans are fed up, put out, and sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Congress is now on summer recess. Members of Congress will spend the next five weeks in their home districts. Hopefully, they will enjoy some quality time with their families. They deserve to have that kind of time to draw closer to their families.
Also, they will spend time meeting with their constituents and that's where things might get dicey. Congressional lawmakers will likely see and hear the discontent of America when people express their concerns about a myriad of issues such as, the Affordable Care Act better known as ObamaCare, immigration reform, taxes and more.
Each member of Congress fully understands what the American people think of their job performance.
Pardon my poor English but the approval rating of Congress "ain't good!" A recent Gallup poll records an historic low of 10 percent.
For that matter, Americans are also displeased with President Obama. His approval numbers continue to slide downward, now at 46-percent.
American corporations, Wall Street and even "we the people" are at odds on what to do to get our house in order.
May I suggest that we consider a different approach? Let's begin by looking at the inscription on the money we use. It says: "In God We Trust."
Most of the founding fathers of this great nation trusted in God. They looked beyond themselves to build the foundation of America.
They desired to shake off the tyranny of Great Britain, so they turned to God for guidance through perilous times.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote; “The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
Rear Admiral Barry Black (ret.) is chaplain of the U.S. Senate. He says America is in desperate need of prayer. He boldly declares that godliness is an national security issue.
Through the power of prayer, he says we can find the encouragement we need to deal with the daunting challenges we face.
One thing that warms his heart and should be encouraging to all of us is a quote from God who says to the prophet Jeremiah; "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Be encouraged America. God has a remedy for your discontent as he states in 2 Chronicles 7:14; "If my people who are called by my name would humble themselves, seek my face and pray. Then from heaven I will hear their prayer, forgive their sin and heal their land."
Kelly Wright is a general assignment reporter for Fox News Channel (FNC), based in the Washington, D.C. bureau. He is also a co-host on "America's News Headquarters" on Saturdays (1:00-2:00 PM/ET). Wright previously served as a co-host on "Fox & Friends Weekend." Click here for more information on Kelly Wright.