Tuesday, July 1, 2008

When I say "I am a Christian"

When I say "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'."
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
and need His strength to carry on.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
and need God to clean my mess.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I am worth it.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sing of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
so I call upon His name.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
who received God's good grace, somehow.

-Carol Wimmer
[thanks for the correction, Eric!]

1 comment:

hanster said...

oops I googled this poem and found out it wasn't written by Maya Angelou but by Carol Wimmer in 1988.

http://www.snopes.com/glurge/christian.asp