Hot Town, Summer in the City


When I was in grade school, I used to listened to Oldies 104.3 radio station out of Chicago. I loved that Lovin’ Spoonful song “Hot town, summer in the city, back of my neck getting dirty and gritty; been down, isn’t it a pity, doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city…all along people lookin’ half-dead, walking on the sidewalks, hotter than a match head…in the summer, in the city.”

It’s 9pm. No indication of darkness falling. Even at 10pm it is still light enough not to force the streetlights on. It’s hot. People are walking around in incredibly inappropriate see-thru and high cut outfits. Butts showing. Bras showing. No where to cool off.

But that is the material, the physical world. When I walk around these hot summer days and nights with my spiritual perspective, I simply see lots of people lost in life, struggling financially, from broken homes, yet searching for happiness. Jesus says, “I have come that you may have life to the full.”

We were in Greece on vacation at the beginning of June (which is why my blog has been temporarily dead), and honestly, I could have just stayed there. I was unplugged from media. The sun was 27, going strong from 7am-7pm. Food was included. I had a pile of books a mile high by my bed, and the kids now know how to swim, and wanted to be a part of the international kids program. Materially, physically, there was no real reason to return to Lviv.

Yet spiritually we live in a world where I have found the secret of being content in all things, like the Apostle Paul says. I can do all things in Christ. I have hope. I have this “life to the full” that only Jesus gives. And there are very many others who need to hear my “secret of life”.


Therefore, we make it our aim to please HIM. We flew back to Lviv. We enter back in. We sign up for new missionary projects orientations (Katie and Lee Humerian moved to Lviv this week); we volunteer at English clubs for one last camp invitation push before summer really starts. We volunteer at VBS for our local church, New Life. We host a bbq with our youth group, because it is great to be together this summer to celebrate God and this secret of being content in Christ, which we will share with many others this summer.

There is no greater life than to give this one away for the purposes of God’s Kingdom. Sometimes it just takes a few weeks’ vacation to be reminded that I am here as one who serves and one who testifies to the work of our Lord. There is no greater job; no greater mission; no greater calling.

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