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Thu 16 Jun

When Compassion Fatigue Hits...

“Thy kingdom come…on earth as it is in heaven.”
- Jesus in the “Lord’s Prayer”

For most of the past 22 years I’ve worked in the area of compassion, mission, and justice. Along the way, when I see the news or learn about new needs, sometimes I get overwhelmed and discouraged. I get ”compassion fatigue.” Does this ever happen to you?

If so, we can feel forced into two choices: either burnout or to find a way to ignore the needs around us and around the world. But the problem is that neither of these options help us participate in God’s kingdom coming on earth as it is in heaven.

There is a third way! We can see the compassion ministry as an opportunity to “practice” our faith. In this practice, we’ll be shaped ourselves by God’s love and also find freedom to get better at helping other people. We’ll experience that practicing compassion is actually an amazing invitation of grace.

Here is a 2-minute video about moving from feeling overwhelmed to finding the freedom to help others well.

Kent Annan is the co-director of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit focused on education in Haiti and author of Slow Kingdom Coming.

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