Compassion Fatigue

Female in scrubs, leaning against a hospital wall in exhaustion. #compassionfatigue

I typed #compassion for my previous Instagram post and was surprised to see #compassionfatigue pop up as a suggestion with 27,272 posts! I had to check out what it was all about. It’s about caregiving; giving so much of yourself that there’s no you left. I understand that. I’ve been a caregiver and I’ve been in a codependent relationship where I gave it my all and received little in return.

There are saints in the world who are so giving and so loving that they’re depleting their own personal resources. There is the medical community that is working tirelessly to keep up with the number of sick. Let’s pray for all of them.

If you don’t suffer from compassion fatigue, then continue being the image-bearer of the compassion of Christ. All of the hate and divisiveness and selfishness of the world is grieving the Holy Spirit. We can lead by example.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV

Please join me this week in praying for compassion. Let’s pray that we show compassion to everyone we meet and that each one of them shows compassion to everyone they meet, and so on and so on. Ask the Lord to help us see what He sees in those who are difficult to show compassion to.