Last night I was watching the Mandalorian with My wife. In season 1 episode 7, Kruill makes a comment. “Droids are neither good nor bad. They are neutral reflections of those who imprint them”.
The Droid IG-11 is programmed to be an assassin. He is programmed to kill the enemy. He is brutal, without any hesitation IG-11 will kill. The Mandalorian doesn’t trust the droid because they had a shootout. It is after this that Kruill finds him in some ruins and reprograms him to be, quoted by the droid, “a nurse”. The droid still remembers his past, and continues to mention that he is no longer an assassin.
The statement, “Droids are neither good or bad. They are a reflection of those who imprint them” really connected with me. I am reminded of my own personal walk with Jesus. It reminds me of who I once was to who I am now.
When I was at school I didn’t have any friends. I wanted to make an impression, I wanted to be liked, I wanted to be a cool kid. I thought to be a cool kid I had to rebel; rebelling led to bad choices. Those bad choices led to consequences. I didn’t realise at the time how my peers made an impression on me. The impressions went into my adulthood that led to low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, drugs and drinking.
For many years I lived a life trying to impress people. I was trying to be someone I wasn’t. I wanted to be liked, loved and have friends. I struggled because what I allowed to imprint me wasn’t what God wanted.
As I have said in past blogs. My relationship with God didn’t exist. I didn’t know God. I didn’t spend time with Him in reading the bible or in prayer. At times I had encounters with God, however I didn’t allow the encounters make an imprint on my heart.
The droid was rebuilt to be kinder; a nurturer. His imprint changed. His assassin imprint was turned into a kind and nurturing droid. I believe for God to imprint your heart you need to give God permission too. You need to say, “God here I am, imprint my heart”. The only way to do this is to spend time with God and allow Him to start the process of imparting Himself into you. The starting process is to be willing to change and to trust God.
The droid was programmed by bad people, that made him into an assassin. It wasn’t until Kruill who found him, that changed him to be a better droid. At the end of IG-11s’ life, he sacrificed his life to save others.
Impressions can either be good or bad. My example of school was a negative impression. I have had bad impressions from leaders and pastors. I have also made a bad impression on people. So much so I was in Prison. With these impressions it is important which ones we hold onto. It can mislead us.
1 Corinthians 15:33 says, Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” NIV
The word bad translates to rotten, and corrupt to defile. “Rotten company defiles good character”
If you leave a bunch of tomatoes in the fridge and one of them is mouldy. Eventually that mould will carry over to the good tomatoes. It is like us. If we are around people who are always negative, dragging their feet, eventually you will be the same. Be around strong godly people to impress your heart