Someone found my blog last week by googeling “headbanging Yoda.” That got me to thinking: What would that look like? What would a headbanging Yoda look like? “Music crank it up you should.” “To 11 turn it up.” “All night rock n’ roll and everyday party.” Not sure that would work for a green 900 year old Jedi master.
But that gets me to thinking even more. Yoda is held up in high esteem as the ultimate teacher. Even his name means teacher. In Hebrew you have the word yada which means to know. And one of the cool things in Hebrew is that based upon a verb tense, you change around a vowel and you have yoda which means to teach or one who teaches. Hence Yoda, the ultimate teacher. And teach Luke Skywalker he does–alla Rocky IV style at that (before Rocky IV was Rocky IV).
OBi-Wan Kenobi is seen as a great mentor, one who walks with Luke Skywalker in the first film. Yoda is the teacher who instructs Luke in the second film. He teaches him to calm his mind. Yoda teaches Luke to focus. He teaches Luke the powers of the Force and explains the good side and the dark side. He explains the concept of doing. “Do or do not, there is no try.” He explains the ideas of learning “You must unlearn what you have learned.” Seeing things from a new perspective crucial it is (now I’m doing it).
We need teaches like Yoda. We need wise ones who will instruct us. But at the same time, we need to be Yodas as well–teachers who instruct others.
And nowhere is this more important than in the faith not the force. The force is fictional, but faith in Jesus Christ is real and powerful. And instruct others in the faith we must (there I go again). We must teach others in the faith what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. This is called discipleship. And when we disciple others, we are able to help others grow into who they are to become–more and more like Jesus Christ.
And so, as a non-headbanging Yoda, we walk with others down the path of faith, instructing them. Be a Yoda to someone else in the faith. Be a Yoda. How can you be a Yoda to someone today?