From my 2015 Journal.
If I let it, the news this week could leave me feeling overwhelmed:
- Earthquake in Nepal
- Flooding and tornadoes in Texas
- Riots in Baltimore
- Beheadings in Syria
- Shootings on campuses
- Starvation in India
Meanwhile, I go about my sheltered, stress-free, cushy life. Catastrophes in other parts of the world don’t affect my daily life and decisions. If they did, I’d be the one in crisis and I couldn’t function. If I don’t feel pain when you’re in pain, that’s a good thing. I don’t want a doctor operating on me when he has a broken arm. I need him to be healthy and well.
For two full days this week I listened to three abuse victims’ agonizing sobs. They weren’t in any physical danger, but they believed they could not go on living. Was I compassionate? Yes, of course. But I did not absorb their pain. It’s not healthy or productive for me to do so. That’s Jesus’ job.
Whose pain have you taken on that doesn’t belong to you?