Thursday Quote Day: Han Solo

In honor of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story releasing today, here is Star Wars quote for “Thursday Quote Day”:

“Never tell me the odds!” (Han Solo The Empire Strikes Back)

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Friday Favorite: Favorite Movie

You know how sometimes you just get inspiration to write?  Well this was one of those times.  I thought about adding another regular writing series to this blog.  I was inspired to write about my favorites so now we will have “Friday Favorite”.  I don’t know if it will be a weekly thing of or just some Fridays but you have to start somewhere right?

Seeing as how I’m a movie guy, I thought I would start with my favorite movie.  Now I have a lot of films that I love.  I have a lot of film franchises/series that I love.  But my favorite film series of all is the Star Wars saga.  And my favorite of the Star Wars saga is The Empire Strikes Back

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This film is my favorite of the Star Wars saga.  Now I will say that A New Hope and Return of the Jedi are right up there.  But The Empire Strikes Back has a special place in my heart.  As a kid there was three reasons why I loved Empire:  AT-ATs, Boba Fett & Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber duel with Vader.

AT-AT

The All Terrain Armored Transport (or AT-AT) was the coolest vehicle the Imperials had.  They were massive and they were awesome.  The Battle of Hoth was the only one the Imperials won in the trilogy (though one could say the Rebels won because their main objective was getting off the planet) and it was due in large part to the AT-ATs.  If there was any Imperial vehicle I wanted, it was the AT-AT.

Boba Fett

Boba Fett.  As a kid, he was simply one of the coolest guys ever saw in a movie.  I guess you could still say I still think he’s one of the coolest.  He wasn’t necessarily a bad guy.  He just wasn’t a good guy.  He was simply doing a job and getting paid.  But he was bad because he wanted Han Solo to take back to Jabba the Hutt.  Even Vader respected Fett.  One thing about Boba Fett, he was a bounty hunter you did not want to mess with.

Luke vs Vader

Luke vs. Vader.  Growing up, this was the lightsaber fight.  It’s hard to compare this one to the one in Return of the Jedi.  But this one had the raw emotion.  Luke was still trying to find himself as a Jedi.  And he had to learn from this experience.  But it was a really cool fight with some really cool fight scenes.

The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve found other things I appreciate.  I love the interaction and banter between Han and Leia.  I became a huge fan of Wedge and loved when he took down the AT-AT with his snowspeeder.  I appreciated that it wasn’t a “happy” ending but a “hopeful” ending.

The Empire Strikes Back is my go-to film.  It is a great way to start off this “Friday Favorite” series.

Lesson from Yoda: We Are More

A while back, I did a couple of posts called “Lesson from Yoda”, about lessons learned from Yoda, character in the Star Wars saga.  Seeing this will be the third entry, one could call it a series now?  I think so.  Here’s the latest entry in the “Lesson from Yoda” series.

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Once again, we journey back to the planet of Dagobah and The Empire Strikes Back.  Luke is continuing his training to be a Jedi under Yoda.  As part of the training, Luke is doing a handstand with Yoda standing on top of him and also levitating a rock.  As this is taking place, Luke’s X-Wing spaceship starts to sink in the mire that he had crash landed earlier.  He gets distracted and loses focus.  After discussion with Yoda, Luke tries to move the ship but is unable & the X-Wing sinks further.

Yoda and Luke

At this point, Yoda tells him that “size matters not”.  He discusses about life and gets to a key point.  He says “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter” as he pinches Luke’s shoulder.  We are more than just skin and bones.  There is more to us.

God created each one of us not just with a body but also with a soul.  A soul that matters.  A lot of times we forget that as we go about our daily lives.  We are more than just flesh and bones.  We have a soul.  And God cares about our physical bodies as well as our soul, because they are interconnected.  That’s why Jesus came to die for our sins so that we don’t have to go through spiritual death as well as physical death.

Remember, you are more.  God has created you to be more.  He has given you gifts and talents for you to use.  He loves you and has a purpose for you.  He wants to have a relationship with you.  There is so much more out there.  Let us not settle for less.

Lesson from Yoda: Patience

A few weeks back, I had a post entitled “Lesson from Yoda”.  I thought I would revisit that post with another “Lesson from Yoda” (I might make it into a series).

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Yoda was introduced to everyone back in 1980 in the film The Empire Strikes Back.  This was the sequel to Star Wars:  A New Hope and is my favorite of the entire saga.  We meet Yoda as he is living on the planet Dagobah and Luke Skywalker is sent there by Obi-Wan (now a ghost) to continue his training to become a Jedi.

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While in the midst of his training, Luke has a vision of his friends Han & Leia in pain.  He then hurriedly packs his things and tells R2 that they’re  leaving.  Obi-Wan appears and both he and Yoda plead with Luke to not leave and to continue the training to become a Jedi.  At one point, Obi-Wan screams out “Patience!”  Luke’s response is that of someone rushing into something “And sacrifice Han and Leia?”  Yoda’s response is interesting “If you honor what they fight for?  Yes.”

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It’s not easy to have patience.  That is something that is up at the top of the list of things people pray for on a daily basis.  Luke didn’t have patience.  He did not listen to Yoda or Obi-Wan (who had Luke’s best interests).  He rushed off to Bespin to try to save his friends but in reality it was a trap set by Darth Vader to capture him.  Luke ended up in a fight he was not ready for and ended up with his right hand chopped off and having to deal with the knowledge that Darth Vader was his father.

Patience comes from time and trust.  Ultimately, patience comes from God.  He tells us to trust in Him and wait on Him.  Sometimes we are like Luke and rush out and get hurt in the process.  But He’s still there.  Though it is not easy to have patience, it is for our benefit.  We are able to grow and mature in the waiting.  Trust and be patient.  Valuable assets in this journey of life.