This is from a tremendous blog that you need to get. It is by Austin Gardner. Bro. Gardner was a missionary in South America for 20 years. He has trained scores of missionaries and knows what he is talking about. (Dont tell anyone but he sat down and trained me before I started deputation. Boy I wish I could take credit for what I know!!) Click here to read the blog
As a missionary it is crucial that you live a disciplined life. You set your own schedule. You decide if you work or not. It is easy to get lazy and begin to take advantage of God’s people by not earning your keep.
Get up and go to work in the morning. Let your schedule be your boss. You may not have to report to anyone but you must report to God, yourself and your wife. It is very easy for your wife to begin to expect you not to work. You can easily develop habits that will embarrass you as soon as someone sees what you are doing.
If you are on deputation. Get up, take your shower, get on the phone, write letters, get meetings, study but at least put in 8 to 10 hours before you take time off for yourself. If you are on the field do not let little things distract you from your job. You may not go off to the office or the factory but you must be careful to go to work and stay at work.
Know that you are earning your keep. Never have to think to yourself or justify yourself for the reasons that you do not work like you should.
Confess your sin. Get up and get at it. Accomplish something every day. Have something to show for your time at work. Know that you are doing what you ought to be doing so that you can be ready to give an account of your service.
The fact that we are in the ministry does not give us an excuse to work less or to play more. It does not give us an excuse to take off during the day or to rename extracurricular activities as work to get by.
Well now that you are mad at me at least consider and think about this post.