“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Yoda, from Star Wars stated this in The Empire Strikes Back movie.

Yoda taught Luke Skywalker to focus on the present, to commit himself to win or lose. Luke needed to choose between the light or dark side. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” The light and dark side of Luke’s mind battled between maturity and immaturity.

Matthew 17:8 reflected a similar scenario between Jesus and three disciples. In His metaphoric documentary, The Transfiguration, they’re on a mountain when Jesus revealed Himself in an out-of-this-world appearance. “When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.”

Matthew 17:2 explained how God got the disciples’ attention. “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” (Clearly, Jesus’ mom Mary used powerful laundry detergent on His robes).

The disciples were at a crucial peak in their walk with Jesus. He allowed them to see the Light. They returned to the mountain’s foothills and it they needed to decide what they’d do.  Follow Jesus or follow self?

It’s physically impossible to stand behind ourselves and be able to follow in our own footsteps. We need wise guides when we are caught between belief and unbelief. Freewill allows us to accept or deny. Practice light or practice dark, but success won’t emerge from attempting both.

A mom taught her children about prayer when they worried about monsters under their bed. She said, “If you’re going to pray, don’t worry. But if you’re going to worry, don’t pray.”

Yoda. Matthew. Wise moms (and dads). A confirmation triangle. I commit to practice God’s angle.

Leaping boldly from mountain streams,


“But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only” (Matthew 17:7-8).

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