It’s probably evident if you’ve been following this blog for even a little while that music was and is a big part of my life. There was a song from my youth that really sang to my heart and related to me the reality of our struggle in the flesh.
The song was on an album my oldest brother Dean brought home by Kris Kristofferson when we were young. The song is titled Why Me Lord. I had no idea at the time that while Kristofferson’s voice was rough around the edges, to say the least, he was already one of the most prolific songwriters of our time.
Some of the songs he’s written made famous by other artists include, Me And Bobby McGee, For The Good Times, Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down, Help Me Make It Through The Night, and a slew of others.
Back in December I published a post titled, “To Beat The Devil,” using the song and lyrics by Kristofferson that he had written describing the life of a starving artist as my inspiration. http://theregoi.com/finding-floyd/to-beat-the-devil/
“Why Me Lord” has the sound of a truly repentant heart, add in the background voice of Rita Coolidge, Kristofferson’s wife at the time and it became almost magical.
I was impressed that someone well entrenched into a secular business would have the guts to write and sing about God when the majority of his fellow singer/songwriters were belittling anyone who stood up for Biblical principles.
I watched Kristofferson’s popularity skyrocket after that. I wondered if he was the same guy with the same heart when he became one of Hollywood’s darlings. I had my doubts when he was filming A Star Is Born down at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium with Barbra Streisand.
The movie depicted Streisand as an upcoming star that Kristofferson’s role of an over the hill rock star was helping to develop. In truth, it was Kristofferson who was being discovered by the world and all of his unique talents.
It looked like Hollywood and all its earthly allure would swallow Kristofferson up, maybe it did for awhile.
I included the Youtube video where Kristofferson a few years back shares his testimony which is the inspiration for the song Why Me Lord, right before he performs it live with Willie Nelson and Janie Frickie.
I wonder how many of us after being chosen and blessed by God take that gift and go on an extended vacation from God and our responsibilities. We take that blessing and honor ourselves first.
There might be success in this world, but it comes at the expense of our true peace and joy. True rest outside of God is a Hollywood fairy tale. The happy ending is the same, it’s just fantasy or wishful writing outside of the will of God.
The allure to be famous, especially when we’re young might be a romantic notion for some of us, as we age it’s a little easier to understand with that burden comes a whole set of problems.
To live a simpler life and understanding the blessings of that is the real gift from God. All of us are prone to fall to our flesh, sometimes even when we think we’re honoring God which might actually be even worse.
God has a place and call for all of us. It might be writing music, singing, or it could be a little more humble, a less glorified calling that the world doesn’t see, but it could be the most rewarding task on earth, designed specifically for each of us.
It might even be for this purpose; as written by Kris Kristofferson in the song titled, Why Me Lord.
-maybe, Lord, I can show someone else
-what I’ve been through myself
-on my way back to You…