Observations from the Camino

As I watched my fellow travelers I began to notice that there were two groups with identifiable distinctives. I found them falling into these two categories:

Pilgrim/Tourist

• Personal appearance not an issue • Personal appearance a big issue

• Concern for community • Concern for impact on self

• Becomes a part of the journey • Observes the journey

• Quietly reflects • Quickly comments

• Releases • Grasps

• Self-sacrifice • Self-protects

• No guarantees • Guarantee receipt

• Shares his food and eats off another’s plate • Uses hand sanitizer

• Worships • Worries

• Allows child within to come out and play • Keeps child hidden

• Approaches risks with expectation • Approaches risks with anxiety

• Sees loss as a thing to process • Sees loss as a thing to prevent

• Keeps a journal • Keeps a ledger

• Focused on a single destination • Open to side trips

As I reflect on these thoughts, I am asking myself if, in my personal walk with Jesus or corporately within His church, am I a pilgrim or a tourist?

Psalm 84:5 Blessed are those who strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.

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3 Responses to Observations from the Camino

  1. Scott Arbeiter says:

    Okwith a hundred now what is the plan to publish?

    From: Silverstrands <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Silverstrands <comment+rfkup5p5ca8a8-hzlvbt-ij@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:03 AM To: Scott Arbeiter <sarbeiter@elmbrook.org> Subject: [New post] Observations from the Camino

    jroesler728 posted: “As I watched my fellow travelers I began to notice that there were two groups with identifiable distinctives. I found them falling into these two categories: Pilgrim/Tourist Personal appearance not an issue Personal appearance a bi”

  2. pgstheway says:

    You are judging – what have you learned on the Camino?

    How do you now what is in the hearts of these people you judge?

    • Roselyn says:

      Thank you so much for this comment. I am sorry I missed it and am, therefore, responding late. You are right. There are many judgmental assumptions in this post. Just what the Camino teaches you not to do. Having made that confession, I want to add that the judgements are more toward myself than anyone. I found myself on the tourist side just as often as the pilgrim side and I want to move over and be a more authentic pilgrim.

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