Justin Botz, a good friend of mine, left southern California indefinitely to do mission work in Cambodia this week. You know what I think? I think it sucks.
Well, not really. It's a pretty fantastic opportunity for Justin and I couldn't be happier for him in that respect. But it does bring up the larger reality that being friends with people who are set on doing missions is crappy because they inevitably just leave. Like Kyle and Melody Thibodeau did a couple weeks before Justin. Here one week, in South Korea the next- and for two years at that.
Soon enough, two more married couples who are some of mine and my wife's closest friends will go to Africa, and my reaction to those is quite the same: it's fine that you want to go serve Jesus overseas and all, but what about me? What about the fact that this means we don't get to hang out while you're there? Ever think of anyone besides yourselves and Jesus?
So let it be a lesson to all of you: don't be friends with people who want to do missions. Eventually they just pick up and leave and it's stupid.
Except for the part where it's awesome, of course. Just keep in mind the relational hazard and make sure they send you a card every once in awhile...