02/06/2020 - By Pastor Todd Nathan
You may have heard the term “compassion fatigue” before. It is different than burnout in many ways and has moved to the forefront in the area of “self-care” for medical personnel, clergy, child life specialists, professional counselors, and others who regularly deal with people.
Jesus had just sent His disciples out to bring the gospel of hope to people. After returning, Jesus purposely and deliberately sent them off to a desolate place for rest and refreshment. Why? They needed it after ministering to people. Yet, even their best efforts to get alone would be quickly compromised by the multitudes quickly closing in again.
What are the symptoms of compassion fatigue? How do you deal with it without losing your heart for people? When you are in the business of working with people, you know that people can drain you, or they can refresh you.
Take some time to read Mark 6:30-32, Galatians 6:9-10, Colossians 3:12 and 2 Corinthians 7:5-7.