Thursday Quote Day: Yoda

For “Thursday Quote Day” and in honor of the release of The Force Awakens, here is a quote from Yoda:

“Try not.  Do or do not.  There is no try.” (Yoda The Empire Strikes Back)

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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.

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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.

Lesson from Yoda

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Most everyone knows I’m a huge Star Wars fan.  I’m more of an original trilogy fan and not so much of the prequels.  However, there are some good things in the prequels.  Yes, there are even some good things in Star Wars:  The Phantom Menace.  Some of those things include the pod racing scene, the lightsaber duels between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan & Darth Maul and there are some quotable quotes.

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One scene that sticks out in my mind from that film is where young Anakin is brought before the Jedi Council by Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan.  The council senses that Anakin is afraid of losing his mother (and he admits that he misses her).  Anakin asked what the big deal was about that.  Yoda then tells Anakin that fear is the beginning down a dark path.  The path to the dark side.  Yoda then says the following:

“Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”

This is true for us.  We tend to fear what we don’t know.  If that fear persists, then anger can develop.  If anger develops and grows, it leads to hate.  Hate that persists leads to suffering.  Maybe it’s not fear that leads to anger but something else.  Regardless if anger persists to hate, hate will inevitably lead to suffering.

The suffering is not only those around you but the suffering is inside you as well.  As we learn in Star Wars:  Revenge of the Sith, Anakin becomes Darth Vader and from that lots of people suffered but he suffered greatly as well.

It is a lesson from Yoda we should learn.  Our sinful nature can easily lead us down the wrong path and cause pain and suffering.  But the great thing is that in knowing and following Jesus, we don’t have to fear.  We don’t have to go down the wrong path because when we follow Jesus, we’re going in the right direction.