Compassion for the Mentally Ill

dxY7g+LvQWiDyxNe40wXuwThey can’t help it.  It is a genetic disorder affecting their brain. It is frustrating and hard work dealing with those who have mental illness. Fortunately, there are new drugs which can help the chemical imbalance.

There is nothing a caregiver can do to help them, reason with them, or try to convince them of rational thinking. Yet it is important to gently remind them what is real. The mentally ill are living outside of reality.

Whether or not they can be helped, one thing anyone can do when encountering a person with mental illness is to show compassion. Mentally ill people are humans, made in the image of God. He loves them.

This week I have been working with one with this illness. Along the way I encountered several others who have mental issues. When I looked at them, made eye contact with them, I wondered what had happened in their life?  What brought them to the state they are now?  I feel compassion even if they don’t recognize it.

It is Christmas and the new year is upon us. Let us have compassion. Not only during Christmas, but throughout the year. Let’s propose to be kinder next year.



Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

4 thoughts on “Compassion for the Mentally Ill”

  1. I too have given much thought on this topic.  It is a very difficult to fully understand.  I always wonder how much is self induced because of drug abuse vs DNA.  We all need to be concerned for their souls and pray for God’s intervention in their lives.  He is the great Healer.  He understands even when we don’t.

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