“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
Ok, this is old school. Like old school only a few may remember this reference. Ghost Busters II (1989). Haha! Yes, that’s right, a reference from the 2nd Ghostbusters.
Let me set the scene. The Ghostbusters had just barged into the mayor’s office. Here is the conversation (thanks to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097428/quotes) :
Peter Venkman: I’m sorry we have to meet under these circumstances.
Ray: Mr. Mayor, we’re here tonight because a psychomagnatheric slime flow of immense proportions is building up beneath the city.
The Mayor: Psycho-what?
Peter Venkman: Big word, big word.
Egon: Negative human emotions that are forming into a vicious ectoplasm with *explosive* supernormal potential.
The Mayor: Can somebody speak English here?
Winston: Uh yeah. Your honor, what we’re trying to say is all of the bad feelings. You know hate, anger and the vibes of the city are turning into this *sludge*. I didn’t believe in it either. But, we just went for a swim in it and end up almost killing each other.
Negativity was growing to epic proportions under the city.
Sometimes I feel like that happens with social media. One thing is said and the feed explodes. People ignite from silly, even stupid comments.
But it isn’t just social media. It happens at work, school and even home. In heightened times of emotion and stress I know I get sucked into a negative moment swept away by ludicrous statements that really should be forgiven, walked away from and even dismissed.
Tonight I called a family meeting.
Things have been a little high strung at Thorntonville. The business of autumn mixed with stress in other areas has taken its toll on my family. I shared with them the memory of the above scene from Ghostbusters. Yes, I was laughed at for it. Then we all had a good laugh for the randomness of the moment. Which felt great! We talked about Ephesians 4:31-32 which says, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Then I shared how I wanted our home to be a safety zone. A place where we could come and not feel threatened by negativity. A place where we would build each other up and send each other out into the places we go to be encouragers.
I can’t always change social media or the world outside of my home, but I can work to make my home a better place. Hopefully, by impacting my family; then, working together we can branch out and encourage beyond our small circle making a ripple on the next layer of impact. In the meantime, we will have a good laugh over my ability to use random movies for metaphor illustrations.