Daily Post: Maze
Listening to the yammering jibber jabber of Yoda’s backward-upside-down logic is much like wandering through a maze blindfolded. Not much of it really makes sense to someone who has seen Star Wars, much less to the millions who haven’t. Don’t get me wrong, I stood in the line for the first two of these movies, like many other sci-fi lovers. That said, I’m not a die-hard fan of Yoda wisdom. There they are in the jungle, and Yoda says to Luke Skywalker, “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” Is this supposed to be some new thought process on success? My junior high football coach, long before there was a Star Wars or Yoda, told me to get up off my butt and do it. It wasn’t a matter of if I could or not. I grew up on the wisdom of William Edward Hickson (1803-1870), credited with popularizing the following ditty:
‘Tis a lesson you should heed: Try, try, try again.
If at first you don’t succeed: Try, try, try again.
Yoda would have a field day with so much trying. Yoda would call Hickson a loser, because in Yoda’s book there is no “trying” there is only “doing, or not doing.” This summarizes what’s wrong with much of the world today. We’ve lost our way in the maze of the jibber jabber jungle. Here’s a few of the more popular Yoda quotes I found:
- You must unlearn what you have learned
- When you look at the dark side, careful you must be… for the dark side looks back.
- If no mistake you have made, losing you are. A different game you should play.
- Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size do you?
- Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.
And on and on deeper into the jibber jabber jungle we could go, but again, like the mouse searching for the proverbial cheese wandering through the maze by his sensitive nose, our minds would only lead us to the inevitable truth… Star Wars is not the definitive wisdom by which one should lead their life.
The unfortunate thing is, many people in this ole world see the Man – Jesus – as a sort of front-runner of Yoda, and that’s all. They see the Force as real, and the Bible as fiction. They hear the heavy breathing anger of Darth Vader, rather than the all too real voice of Jesus crying out from the cross “It is finished!” It’s all about what they can “do” rather than what Christ has already “done.” Yoda is not the savior of the world, in truth, or in fiction. There is only one Savior, His name is Jesus.
Jesus said some things that are hard to understand. This was by design. He did it on purpose. He told the disciples ahead of time that He must “suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.” Then He turned around, looked at Peter, and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s” [Mark 8:31-33]. He said things like, “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” [Luke 6:35] Many today think Jesus was a madman who just talked jibber jabber.
So again, it comes down to choice. You must choose your own maze. While certainly those who follow the wisdom of Yoda seem like mindless mice to me, I too must seem as such to them. If they are right, I’ve lost nothing. If I am right, they have lost everything. Which maze are you wandering in?
1 Corinthians 14:33
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace…”
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