I was watching Star Wars – Return of the Jedi and it hit me. Love and faith are the answer to life the universe and everything. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fans will say that that is “42”, but that doesn’t explain much, so let me explain myself.
To summarize the first 6 Star Wars movies, the Jedi represent the prophets in biblical times, who God had given magical powers. In the first 3 episodes (also known as the prequels because they were made after episodes 3-6), the Jedi had not had an equal enemy in over 1,000 years, so when one came around they were afraid. They forgot that as Yoda says in episode 5, “Size matters not”, and the size of the enemies’ army doesn’t matter. In The Bible, a man named Gideon defeated an army of 10,000 with only 300 men, and no weapons, only noise, God did the rest by confusing the large army to kill each other.
So, in the prequels, the Jedi’s own fear that they couldn’t defeat the Sith, and their fear of this young Jedi trainee, is what eventually turned on them and did them in. George Lucas filmed the next 3 episodes first, because it is the story of how Love and Faith in the end defeated the evil Emperor and the Sith.
In the original 3 movies, Luke Skywalker learns of the power that can move mountains – faith and love. Later when he realizes that his enemy turns out to be his dad who turned to the dark side, he has faith that his dad won’t let him be killed by the evil Emperor, and it turns out that his dad does sacrifice himself to save his son.
So, how does that help us? First we have to believe that there is a God, and that he is our father in heaven, and that he loves us. Wow, that’s a lot. Let’s take it one step at a time. First, do you believe in God? Most of us do believe in something, God, the universe, or mother earth. If you believe in any of these, I believe that they are the same thing, so for simplicity sake I will just refer to them as God. If you don’t believe in any of these then I ask you, how do you explain a peacock?
A peacock is a beautiful bird, that when frightened by another animal puts out its tail, and a hundred eyes scare its attacker into thinking that he is outnumbered, and it runs away. Now I ask you, if you don’t believe in an all-powerful, overlooking force, how could a bird evolve to have such a defense system?
And then there are many of you who believe in God, but hate him. Nevertheless, you still believe in God, you just don’t believe that he loves you. You have probably also had a parent or teacher that you believed hated you was well, right? That is because God is the ultimate parent and teacher, and we often don’t like or understand the lessons that he is trying to teach us, and so we come to the conclusion that he hates us, and so we hate him back. But what happens when we do that? Life doesn’t go so smoothly does it?
When we have anger and fear in us, the fear makes bad things happen to us. Have you heard the expression “If worrying helps anything, then worry all you want.” Well, worrying doesn’t help, in fact it hurts more than it helps. If you are afraid that something is going to happen, it usually does. If you are afraid you will get into a car accident, you usually do. If you are afraid that your car will break down, because you can’t afford the time or the money to repair it, then it probably will. Fear has a way of making things happen.
So, where does fear come from? Fear comes from the absence in believing that there is an all-powerful God that loves you.
Think about it. If there is an all-powerful God that loves you, what do you have to be afraid of? Nothing, because God won’t let anything happen to you that he doesn’t want you to experience. So why does he let bad things happen to you? Because he is a teacher, and we learn by experience, and if bad things didn’t happen to us, we wouldn’t learn, right?
So, what does that leave us with? If you want a better life for yourself, you have to believe in an all-powerful God that loves you, you have to believe that he does want the best for you, and that anything bad that happens is just to make you stronger and better. No matter what happens, believe that He loves you, and wants the best for you.
If you want a better life, have faith in that. Try to learn from your experiences, although sometimes you will never know why, you just have to believe that it is for the best. Plan for the future for yourself and those around you, but keep in mind that we don’t know everything and God does. So expect and allow God to change things, but always do your best. Learn to budget your time and your money so that less unexpected bad things happen, and you are prepared for what God has planned for you next.