I’ve mentioned before that I make unusual connections. Today was no exception.
There is a Native American quote, “Hoka-hey,” that loosely translated means, “Today is a good day to die!” It was about being a warrior and going off to fight bravely, fiercely, honorably in way that protects your people yet results in your death.
It was used in an 80’s movie Flatliners. The med students decided to make themselves die and bring themselves back so they could explore what it was like to die. The life review scenes had the kind of cinematography that gave me nightmares for years.
From there, I thought about the Socrates (or maybe Plato) quote that talks about the unexamined life not being worth living. I suspect the author was challenging readers to think carefully about their lives and the consequences of their choices.
Then I thought about Saul of Tarsus: “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” and “We always carry in our bodies the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be revealed in our bodies too. For we who are alive are always being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that Jesus’ life also might be revealed in our mortal bodies.”
The point is that when we choose Love, we choose Life. We give ourselves to others in service. We temporarily ignore our wants and needs and take our focus off ourselves, thus dying to what we want and need and choosing to live in the Light of Love and reflecting the Glory of Christ to those around us.
Each day, when we review our choices and consciously choose to live life better in our thoughts, behaviors, and conversation toward and with others in the days to come, we choose to die to self and live for Christ, not just as Christ but as the Christ we see in our neighbors.
So yes, today is a good day to die… to myself and my selfish desires… and thus choose to live.