Humility is an essential lesson to learn in building our faith in this world. In the journey of building our faith, we all take similar paths. We find a group of people in doing good for the benefit of our community.
NGO, Social Enterprise, CSR projects, and religious institutions are some of the common places we go to in making the world a better place. However, at times our good deeds can work against us if it leads to arrogance.
The Star Wars universe has a great analogy of how humility is crucial in our journey to do good. Anakin Skywalker and Chirrut Imwe are two characters who are great parallels to study.
Both men wanted to do good because of their belief in the force. Each of them joined a group to uphold peace in one way or the other.
Anakin, joined the Jedi Order, where he was meant to protect the entire Galactic Senate. Chirrut was a Guardian of the Whills, protectors of the Temple of Kyber crystals (crystals that powered the Jedi’s weapon-Lightsabers).
Being a Jedi, Anakin has led an army, dined with senators, and is constantly surrounded by Jedi Masters. Anakin had many great achievements as a Jedi. But, he did not benefit from them. He took pride in them and became arrogant, hateful, and filled with anger. All of those things eventually turned him into Darth Vader. The most iconic character to represent evil in cinematic history.
As a Guardian of the Whills, Chirrut’s duty was to protect the Kyber Crystals. These crystals would allow the Jedi’s to carry out their sacred duties. However, missing out on the glory did not bother him.
Even when he was on the streets of his home planet due to Imperial occupation, he was still practicing and spreading the message of the force. He did not feel the lack of recognition should make his message and mission any less worthy.
He remained steadfast in his beliefs until the opportunity presents itself. Once a group of Rebels appeared on his home planet he joins them in their fight against the oppressive Empire.
On his final mission with the Rebels, his last act was to activate the master switch that allowed the Rebels to receive the Death Star plans. The Death Star plans were the key to the destruction of the Galactic Empire’s Weapon of Mass Destruction.
Chirrut’s greatest contribution was that his action paved way for others to continue their mission. His sacred duty is to protect the sacred duty of others. No task is too small for him.
In building faith, it is a constant struggle to understand that there is no such thing as a small deed. We all get carried away with doing the big things, that it is so easy for us to lose the plot.
If our hearts are truly set on God alone, then we would know to not look down on any good deeds. We would also know to never look down on others. Because we know that no matter what our title says in this life, it will all be the same once we’re buried in the earth.
How we treat others is a good indication of our faith. Once we become selective in who receives our smiles, then know that this is the path of the dark side. You could be surrounded by Shaykhs, professors, world leaders and the likes but it will do no good to your faith. Just like Anakin Skywalker, who was in the company of Jedi Masters and still turned to the dark side.
The practical step I was told to take is to never take credit for the good that we do. Always know that it is because of a higher power. We are merely tools in the grand scheme of things.
Anakin took pride in his achievements. Chirrut credited everything to being the will of the force.
Humility was what saved the other, from taking a dark path.