One of the most transformational experiences of my life happened in northwest Montana while I was in my mid-20's. I had graduated from Texas A&M University, but I was quite confused about who I was, about what I believed about anything, and certainly about where I was going in life. I wound up at Eastgate Academy in the Flathead Valley, and God used that to capture my heart and turn my life around. The founder and director of Eastgate, Dr. Hal Curtiss, had studied Blackfoot Indian culture in depth. He taught us the expression from the Blackfoot language: Hoka Hey! Literally translated "Hoka Hey" means "It's a great day to die." That may sound morbid to you, but it's not a death wish. Hoka Hey is declaration of intent to live each second of each moment of each day to the fullest with no regrets, so that on that day when it is my time to die, I can say, "it is a great day to die." It captures the essence of Paul's declaration in Philippians 1:21 that "for me to live is Christ and to die is gain." Since I returned to Texas from Montana, Hoka Hey has never been far from heart or my lips. Each summer as I train and disciple young men at Tesoro Escondido Ranch, I teach them what Hoka Hey means -- and together we shout it as men who will not be owned by the world but look forward to the day that death will usher us into the presence of Christ and until then we will live every second of every minute of every day for him and his glory. HOKA HEY!
Posted April 19, 2007 |0 Comments
N.T. Wright, the Anglican Bishop of Durham who became a hero to Evangelicals while debunking the Jesus Seminar and became a heretic for questioning... well, I'm not sure exactly what it was, but some sort of technical theological point that is regarded as incredibly important by some theologians that I greatly admire, has written an excellent review of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity.... Keep Reading