I get letters and emails from people, literally every day, offering feedback about how things are going at the First Baptist Church. 90% of the letters are great and I’m always glad to hear from my friends.

Today I got a letter from Jack. My friend Jack is 7 years old. He noticed we had wasp nests outside one of our side entrances to the sanctuary. He wanted me to know that it was a problem that needed to be fixed. Duly noted and now Jack can rest easy because the nests are long gone. (I love spraying those nests with the jet foamer!)

But the thing I love about Jack is what he wrote as his final word, “Please let me know how I can help.” One sentence that has the power to change the world.

This goes way beyond life at the First Baptist Church. I’m talking about the way we operate as a society. Far too many of us like to stand at a distance and point out what’s wrong with the world. Deconstruction is easy. Pointing out what is broken doesn’t take much effort. Cynicism is the order of the day, although it doesn’t have to be that way. As a guy who takes Jesus’ teaching seriously, I believe that we are supposed to be salt and light, making the world a better place for all people. Yes, there are things that need a little work, so let’s get out and do it!

“Please let me know how I can help.”

You want to make your world a better place?

Be more like Jack.

Grace and Peace,

Will