Happy Star Wars Wednesday! This week I want to look at a very special and important scene in Episode 1:
SHMI : I don’t want you to race, Annie…It’s awful. I die every time Watto makes you do it.
ANAKIN : But Mom, I love it…and they need help…they’re in trouble. The prize money would more than pay for the parts they need.
JAR JAR : Wesa ina pitty bad goo.
QUI-GON : Your mother’s right. Is there anyone friendly to the Republic who might be able to help us?
SHMI shakes her head no.
ANAKIN : We have to help them, Mom…you said that the biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other…
SHMI : Anakin, don’t…
JAR JAR belches. There is silence for a moment as they eat.
PADMÉ : I’m sure Qui-Gon doesn’t want to put your son in danger. We will find another way…
SHMI : No, Annie’s right, there is no other way… I may not like it, but he can help you…he was meant to help you.
In this scene, Shmi sacrifices her son’s safety to do what is right—to help others in need. We see in this great mother figure a woman who is very wise. The problem in the galaxy all stems from one core heart issue—unwillingness to help each other, or in other words selfishness.
To help someone takes some level of sacrifice whether through our time, our talent, our resources, or our well being. To help someone change a flat tire, we have to sweat and sacrifice a bit of our time. To help a neighbor who is struggling to keep the lights on, it is going to take a sacrifice of some of our funds that we could have spent on ourselves. To help our grandmother set-up an email account, it is going to take some of our own skills and patience. I hope you get the point. To help others is to love them. And when we are loving others we have to set aside all selfishness.
The problem with the world is we have this false idea that our lives should be spent making ourselves happy. That mentality will only lead to a world low on love and high on greed, hate, envy, bitterness, and violence. Sound familiar?
But, the good news is that we can each change our world by choosing to help one person each day. By choosing, even if for thirty minutes, to set aside selfishness and love one another.
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” ~ Matthew 22:36-40 NLT
We were all made to love (help) each other. If we did that, none of us would ever be in need. Love someone today.