Some missionary friends of ours, Jim and Heather Frazier, keep a blog on their experiences serving in Kenya. Jim’s most recent post, “On being a boring missionary,” really hits home for me:
A lot of our life here as missionaries is totally boring. Most of it, really. To be totally honest, my greatest spiritual triumph right now would be finding the time and self discipline to get assignments back to students a little faster with some really meaningful feedback – feedback about biology. Often stories from the mission field include intense spiritual warfare, but so far the most intense spiritual warfare I’ve experienced here has been the ‘boring’ fight against a stubborn self-righteous flesh that works to do good while pushing the real issue, that of total obedience to Christ, comfortably out of mind. Instead, it’s easy to sit and think of how I am spiritually above grading papers and how much greater my impact could be – to think how awesome I could be for Christ, not how HE is doing amazing things. I begin thinking of how my spiritual life can entertain me – not in those words, of course, but eventually, being ‘more spiritual’ begins to replace being obedient.