THE LIFE YOU DON’T WANT
I’m not sure if you’ve realised (and most of us haven’t) but we are living in a ‘Where’s Wally?’ world and are in desperate need of Yoda’s. Without someone to guide us through the maze of daily choices and information over-load, making sense of it all for ourselves, our work and those closest to us, puts us at risk of living out a life that is nothing more than the product of our times.
And if you didn’t know, our times are ‘self-centred’, ‘tired’, ‘depressed’, ‘uncommitted’, ‘materialistic’ and ‘coffee addicts’ (according to my latest neighbourhood pole) and who wants to be described like that, well, except for the last one.
I want my life to matter, to have a uniqueness about it and I definitely want to know that I’m making good decisions. This won’t come about by itself though, and I have yet to find a Harry Potter wand with this particular power.
THE WHERE’S WALLY FEELING?
I just can’t find it! I’m looking and looking but I can’t find Wally! Said every person who has ever tried to find the red-and-white-striped shirt, bobble hat, and glass wearing Wally amongst a sea of people involved in a range of daily activities. Our lives are full these days (and not in a good way) and we just can’t always find what we’re looking for or needing (yes, U2 said it first in a song).
We’re tired but we can’t find enough time to sleep.
We’re over-committed but we can’t decide what to stop doing.
We work to many hours but don’t know how else to make ends meet.
We want to give more to others but we don’t know how to fill our own empty.
We need to start new habits but just don’t have the energy.
And we’re trying, I mean really trying without much or enough progress. Everyday we’re having a go at the day with our best but we know that we’re possibly in worse shape by lights out.
It can be most frustrating when someone takes a quick look at the page and says, “There’s Wally!’
It can be most liberating when someone takes a look at your life and gives you direction for the way forward.
The Star Wars Jedi Master Yoda offered such insight for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, and whether you last name is Skywalker or Moran, we each need a mentor, guru, coach, spiritual teacher/director to help us navigate the increased choices we are faced with every day.
Peter Parker needed an Aunt May and Uncle Ben, to remind him to live for others.
Neo needed a Morpheus to help unlock his true potential.
Timothy needed a Paul for encouragement.
The disciples needed Jesus…well for everything really.
And you (and me), we need a Yoda…
To give us a new perspective.
To listen without judgement.
To remind us of our identity in Jesus.
To offer wisdom with our decision-making.
To ask the hard question about the things we like to keep secret.
To make us a good cup of coffee (sorry, don’t know who slipped this one in!).
BREAKING THE MYTH OF JUST DO IT
As much as I love the motivation behind the Nike slogan ‘Just do it!’, we can’t ‘just do it’ anymore, we need help. We have always needed help. We can’t just grin and bear it anymore. We can’t just ‘vasbyt’ and hope it all works itself out.
However, we are terrible at asking for help. I mean real help here, not Siri.
And this is the first step.
You have to be willing to make yourself vulnerable and ask for help, which also means admitting that you don’t have it all together and that ‘just do it’ doesn’t work for you and never has really when you consider the state of your soul.
Time to follow the advice of the psalmist…
“For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help” (Psalm 72:12).
And time to find a Yoda to help find your Wally.
…next time I’ll give some thoughts about what makes for a great Yoda (okay we all know the answer is Jesus).