Worn Out?

With all the disasters happening around us, it can take a toll on many. In fact, it can take a toll on all of us. When it comes to compassion fatigue, the time is ripe for such an emotional response.

I’d like to take a look at each of the primary temperaments and consider how each might respond.

Some of us don’t see any fun in the world around us. It’s insurmountable. We’ll never get this back to normal. How can I possibly help so many?

In contrast, one might feel that since his immediate world was unaffected directly, fun still abounds. Let’s just pretend there is no devastation around us.

Others may feel the world is out of control, “Let’s get this in order—I know the best way.”

Let me start a non-profit to get it done! The existing ones might not be good enough to help. What’s the perfect solution to such a monumental task? I feel so bad for them. It’s everywhere.

And then there are those who can’t begin to take on such daunting task…it’s difficult to keep my own life orderly, how can I help? How would I get started? Maybe later, let’s see what others do first, then maybe I’ll join a group doing something. I’ll wait.

Can you see yourself in any of those basic temperaments? Maybe not exactly, but in some form or fashion? Some combination?

When I look at what’s going on around us, I have to immediately prioritize. As a person who serves internationally, I’ve had to prioritize before. When it comes to the needs of people, it’s unending. It could be easy to become overwhelmed with the needs of humanity. As a believer in Christ, I feel He has made my path straight. He has a plan for me, and He’ll see it to completion. Those are scriptural truths I can rest in. Looking at the needs at hand, it may be beneficial for you or those close to you to be reminded of a few simple scriptures to guide you as you consider how to help:

Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on His for He cares for you.

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do so. 

These three verses can guide us as we seek to serve in His name.

Dear Heavenly Father, as I hear what is happening around me, I trust you and all your deeds. I know you have compassion on your world and on your children. As one who fears you, show me the way. I give you my concerns for family, friends, and the needs at hand. By giving these to you, I know you can show me the true needs that I can reach. I will not withhold what I have as you reveal to me the needs of others. I will give as it has been given. In your Son’s name, Jesus, I pray. Amen. 

Connie Ambrecht
Founder & CEO
Sparrow Solutions Group

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