I signed up for Steve Martin’s Master Class a few weeks ago. The classes began this past week and I’ve been enjoying them immensely. Steve Martin is one of my all time favorite comedians. To learn from him is an amazing privilege. In today’s lesson something he said jumped out at me. He talked about starting comedy in the late 60’s early 70’s. He had long hair, beard and America was politically riled up. This was the time of Richard Nixon and the Vietnam war. Steve Martin talked about how all he had to do was say Richard Nixon and people went nuts. Then he had an epiphany. America needs something other than political comedy. He changed the direction his comedy went and instead of being at the the tail end of a movement, he was at the beginning of a movement.
Last week I had the blessing of having dinner with some amazing people. One was an old friend from school and the others are a couple my wife and I get together with frequently. In both cases we talked about how we seem to be living in crazy times. It’s like the world is spinning out of control. We expressed frustration and in some cases anger over what is going on in the world and our local communities. But we didn’t just vent and commiserate. We talked about being part of the solution.
My old friend from school just so happens to be running for a local office. He teaches at local school in a rough urban area. I could hear the passion in his voice as he talked about teaching and giving those kids a shot to succeed. To give them the time to just breathe. My friend is making a difference one kid at a time. And hopefully in a few months he will be elected to an office where he can make an impact in the town he lives.
My wife and I get together with two other couples every two weeks for dinner and a bible study. This past week one of our couples had to leave early so we skipped the bible study and just talked about where we were in life and our spiritual lives. As we talked it was apparent we were in different places yet at the same time we were right where we needed to be. Our friends are in a place where they are able to minister to people that unfortunately do not feel welcome in the church. The Christ their friends have experienced is not loving and just but bigoted and calloused toward their suffering. I see their passion to reach the least of these. To wash the feet of those who have no seat at the table.
I can’t help but feel encouraged. The news says we’re a sinking ship. I don’t think so. We don’t have to changed the world through grand legislation or massive protests. We can change the world one person at a time.
Let the people closest to you know that they have value. They are worth something.
That’s the first step in making a better world.