Great insight on being human: Inspired by Kris Kristofferson

Posted: September 3, 2015 in behavioral health, religion, spirituality
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“He’s a walkin’ contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction.” – From, The Pilgrim

By Charles W. Sidoti

In 1971 Kris Kristofferson wrote and published an amazing song called, “The Pilgrim.”  Using insightful lyrics, Kristofferson describes the character the song is about as possessing within him a multitude of contradictions.  This reflection focuses primarily on this line of the song:  “He’s a walkin’ contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction.”  The implication is that parts of the character’s personality, or being, are true, and other parts are false.  Yet, in listening to the song we discover that it is through these conflicting parts co-existing within him that he is ultimately led in the way he should go.

Reflecting upon my own spiritual journey, and the person I am, I can relate to this character’s inner contradiction.  Perhaps you can, too.  The words of this gritty song are quite prophetic, expressing an important aspect of what it means to be human.

When I read the words of the books and spiritual reflections I’ve written, I have said to myself: “Who is this person who writes and talks about how to experience inner peace, waiting in hope, responding with trust, and living in harmony with others?  Is this the Chuck that I know?”  When I look at my inner life, I realize that I often live the exact opposite of what I write and speak about.  The important thing is that I have learned to accept even that.

If you think about it, you may discover that your own life contains the same stark difference between the person you are, and the person that God is calling you to become.

As for our part in trying to narrow the divide, it is important to do our best so that we might grow into the person that God is calling us to be.  It is equally important, however, to remember to be gentle with ourselves when we happen to fall short or “miss the mark.” The spiritual journey is ultimately about the transformation of our minds and hearts. It is about gaining a new awareness of God’s presence in our lives, and in all of creation. For the most part that is God’s business, and surely God will deliver. We simply need to let it happen at God’s speed and in God’s time.

This article is an excerpt from “Living at God’s Speed, Healing in God’s Time.”

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Contentshttp://pastoralplanning.com/23rdBookParts/LivingGodsSpeed_TOC.pdf

Read the Introduction: http://pastoralplanning.com/23rdBookParts/LivingGo

“The Pilgrim” (with lyrics) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MWwRwhmGfE 

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