When Callie and her kids, Trevor and Phoebe, are ousted from their home they move to their late grandfather’s old dirt farm in small-town Oklahoma. They find a crooked house and barn, along with strange ground-shaking noises and a chess board that moves about. Young Phoebe is a tech genius and when she spots a strange piece of kit it sets her on the road to finding out just what her grandfather was doing out in the middle of nowhere. With a title like Ghostbusters it’s no spoiler to tell you it’s not long before they are chasing things that go bump in the night. And in the daytime too. Grandfather was seen as a selfish recluse who cut himself off from everyone. But they don’t know him as well as they think. Without saying more on this film, I’m reminded of Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. (From Ghostbusters to Jane Austen – did you see that coming?) Mr Darcy is perceived to be aloof and proud, but we discover he is not the man we thought. When I worked on the community at Lee Abbey in Devon I often had the same experience, judging people on first sight, only to find out that there was so much more to them. And good stuff too. So many people quietly get on and do helpful and caring things for others, with no headlines or bright lights to announce the fact. They change the world day by day, one smile at a time, and we may well not be aware of that. I recently met someone who told me they go out of their way to send encouraging messages to others on social media. And occasionally these uplifting messages have come at just the right time. We never know what kind of day someone is having, and we all have this superpower at our disposal. Though it can be demanding. But to quote a line from the film A Beautiful day in the Neighbourhood. ‘Be kind. Be kind. Be kind.’
I regularly post creative pieces which help folks connect with the Bible in a contemporary and down-to-earth way. Please feel free to make use of them if they inspire you. I also post daily short thoughts on Twitter and have produced a variety of books, most of which draw on the Bible.