The Fourth of July is a very busy day in our town of Seward, Alaska. While our year-round population is about 4,000 people, there will be an extra 20,000 or 30,000 here tomorrow. While, clearly, it’s a day to celebrate our national identity. But, really, more, it’s a day for a mountain race. It’s the day of the Mount Marathon race that pulls in hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators.
There are many events surrounding the occasion and almost every non-profit organization sells something to make some money for their budgets for the year. Our church does pies. It’s always done pies. We’ll have about $5,000 in pie sales and the amount of coordination, planning, baking, cutting, selling, and cleaning that goes into it will be all-consuming.
That said, I need to approach the day “missionally.” I need to find ways to involve myself in the lives of others — whether that’s through the hospitality of the church, or hanging out with people on our lawn, watching the races, or whether that’s joining with the community theater on their “Pirate” float.
When it’s busy, we must be more intentionally missional.