Have you ever watched Ghostbusters? Such a fun movie. Remember the part at the end when they are asked if they are gods? Ray says, “No,” and they get seriously zapped. As they are recovering, Winston says, “If someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES”. Well, I’m not so sure that’s sound advice.

In today’s reading from Acts, Paul and Barnabas are thought to be gods by the people of Lystra.

When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!” They decided that Barnabas was the Greek god Zeus and that Paul was Hermes, since he was the chief speaker. (Acts 14:11, 12 NLT)

It’s remarkable, isn’t it? The ability to try to fit something new into what we already know? We do this a lot. Instead of adjusting our worldview, we adjust things to fit into our own worldview. We like our boxes. We try to keep things neatly organized into the boxes we already have, and if something doesn’t fit, we just try to shove it in anyway, ignoring the portion that sticks out. I get that sometimes as a pastor. For some people, a pastor has to look and act a certain way, and if they don’t, then it just doesn’t make sense. In fact, they get mad if the pastor doesn’t do what the pastor is “supposed” to do.

What are you trying to fit into the wrong box? What are the new boxes that you need to create in your life?

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