Yesterday serious preparations began for my parents visit in three-weeks on August 10th. This involves things you would expect like giving the house a thorough cleaning and stocking my fridge, but it also involves things you wouldn’t expect like fixing the AC in my car.
Since I bought my car last summer the air-conditioning would only work in the morning and evening when the weather was cooler. So most of the day I just drive with the windows down.
The truth is I needed to get the AC fixed, but it’s a lot easier to “put up with things” as a bachelor missionary.
Being a bachelor missionary (single adult male in missions work) is I believe a specific call from God which has special blessings.
- It gives more freedom (lots easier for a single man to pack a bag and go alone than organizing travel plans for a family)
- All energy is focused on ministry
- And more time can be used to reach others for Christ
Bachelor missions can become a curse however because it’s easier to put up with daily frustrations (like having no air-conditioning) when it’s just you. If I had a wife or children the AC would be fixed for their comfort, but being a single man made it a lot easier to “put up with” the lack of comfort.
Actually the curse of bachelor missions has nothing to do with AC (having my window down makes things cool enough) but about making the denial of comfort a badge of honor.
Being on the mission field makes very clear most things we look upon as necessities are actually luxuries. Of course, this means most things on the “luxury list” you live without, but it’s not a bad thing experiencing a luxury from time to time.
In other words….just because I CAN “put up with” no AC in my car doesn’t mean God WANTS me to.
Monday morning I will leave my car with the local auto mechanic and Lord willing by Wednesday have the air-conditioning fixed. I’m grateful that mom and dad will enjoy the cool air as we drive through Saint Vincent, but also thankful for God’s reminder that enjoying a luxury isn’t a sin.