When I was the age of 5, I was one of the most popular kids on the block. Why? Because I had the most Star Wars toys! However, I was disheartened because I was missing some key pieces, such as the Millennium Falcon and the AT-AT, and I was annoyed. These were two key pieces that I needed. I was so envious of my friends that did have them, not ever realizing they were envious of me. I also took very good care of my toys even though at that time of the 1980s most Star Wars figures really took a beating, being dipped in water or even by trying to set some on fire. What I didn’t realize back then is that I should be happy with the things that I had. I was the only kid on the block who had a Death Star (3 levels of pure fun!), but I wanted more.
Galatians 6:4 says, "Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else.” It is hard in today’s schools when we become envious of what another friend or student has. We think we need those things, but we don’t. We should be happy with the things we have compared to the things we do not have. Fast forward to today, I relish today that I don’t have that original Millennium Falcon or the AT-AT. Why? Because the fun is still trying to find it and it will mean so much more when I do find it because I am sure it will become a great story. I know I will find it for myself and not be jealous of those who may have it.
We can learn a lot from Star Wars. I never truly understood the religious /spiritual value that this film has had on churches until I went to seminary. It almost became a whole new film to me while watching it for probably the 100th time.
So, I am going to shoot for the 101th time (roughly ) and this time with our youth. On April 28th around 12:30 p.m., we will gather at the church and watch this film through different eyes. We’ll eat pizza, and, of course, discuss the movie in a different way. If there is time left, we will head down to Dilly’s for ice cream, so bring some extra money for a cone or two, or three. We will wrap up around 4ish. Bring friends if you wish.
Blessings/ May the Force be with you,