As is the nature of the job I perform, our staff sees death frequently. Today, we had 2 precious individuals that we poured our lives into leave this Earth. Both professed to know the Lord, so I take comfort in that. While our staff are trained professionals in their areas, we are a compassionate group. People often tell me, “You have to have something special to be able to do what you do.” I tell them that, for me, it is a calling and that God has given me the compassion to go with it. I have also said that anyone who lacks compassion should dig ditches rather than work for hospice. Those who are facing death along with their families who are sharing the journey need nothing less than compassionate nurses, CNAs, social workers, chaplains, and other staff and volunteers.
Compassion is a needed and missing quality. Along with compassion, people must be passionate about what they do. These two go hand in hand. I have done things without both compassion and passion. These things were a major flop.
I beg you today to come to a place where you are selfless enough to be compassionate and passionate about what you do. When you possess these qualities, work is no longer a drudgery and serving others fulfills you. May we be like Jesus who had compassion when He looked on the multitudes. Aren’t you glad He looked on you and had compassion?