After giving my perspective on what I thought was the ideal missionary day I want to give you a picture of an actual day in my life.
I wake up early so that I can study, pray, and exercise before class. After reading my bible I normally begin to do some studying before it get’s light enough for me to go and get some exercise. The bible reading and prayer times are not as rich as I would hope for. At times it feels like I am talking to a wall instead of the God of the universe when I am praying.
How devotional and prayer time feel at times. Just empty framework.
The day continues with me not understanding what is going on during my Portuguese class. It seems like I am starting to understand what is going on during class but my mind is not functioning properly.
Pictorial representation of the mess in my brain during Portuguese class at times
I get to go and have lunch after class with friend. We talk in English and for that I am thankful. At the end of lunch I forgot that I had a meeting later that day. I check my phone for the time and figure out that I can actually make the meeting on time.
I get to my meeting and the person that I am meeting is going to be getting there late. We had a great conversation and I eventually look at my watch and realize that we just spent 3 hours at the meeting and not 1 hour like I planned.
Empty Parking Space means I get to walk to class
After the meeting I run to the auto mechanic to get car fixed. The day before I noticed that my air conditioner was not working and my car wouldn’t two minutes after I turned it off. I get to the mechanics and thankfully he is still there. I then called uber for the first time in my life to get home. I am now going to have to uber back to the mechanic tomorrow to pick up my car in the afternoon.
Time to clean so I can study
When I get home I remember that I still have to clean and do laundry today before I begin to study for class tomorrow. I am actually hungry and open my refrigerator to reveal that I have some pasta left over from earlier in the week and not much else in the fridge.
Home to an almost empty refrigerator
I was able to study for 2-3 hours at night before I got too tired and began to watch the Thursday night football game until I went to sleep.