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Sunday, September 28, 2008

When I Say, "I Am A Christian"

When I say, "I am a Christian,"

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not shouting, "I've been saved!"
I'm whispering, "I get lost! That's why I chose this way"

When I say, "I am a Christian," I don't speak with human pride
I'm confessing that I stumble-needing God 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 pray for strength to carry on

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not bragging of success
I'm admitting that I've failed and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, "I am a Christian," I don't think I know it all
I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught

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

When I say, "I am a Christian," I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache which is why I seek His name

When I say, "I am a Christian," I do not wish to judge
I have no authority--I only know I'm loved


Copyright 1988 Carol Wimmer

For the story of the poem visit http://www.carolwimmer.com/

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10 comments:

Brown-Eyes said...

Excellent poem today and one well worth remembering...Thank you!
;-) Bo

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

What an OUTSTANDING poem. Thank-you for sharing this with everyone.
Ginger

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

No truer words have ever been spoken. A big AMEN.

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

I have presented you with a blog award at Another Road to Ramble. Stop by any time to pick it up!

Charlotte said...

Humility will win a lot more people to Christ than arrogance. This is a good illustration of that. Thank you for sharing this on Spiritual Sundays.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Each one of the lines in the poem are incredible reminders of how each one of us who claim to be Christians should live, a wonderful post!

A blessed Sonday to you!
Kathi :)

Clif said...

How true! Sounds like a confession to me--a good confession. Not bragging, just stating the truth in an humble manner. You are saying what needs to be said about being a Christian.

skoots1mom said...

I agree with Charlotte...
this is so good. I'm going to share this with my teens in my youth group...i think they'll relate to this.
We talked tonight about "laziness" in our christian walk and how to take steps each day to get out of our laziness and learn more about Christ and sharing him in our world each day...this is a great poem to start that dialogue.
Thanks so much for sharing Carol's words with us in the blogworld : )

Peggy said...

Blessings Carrie...What copyright problems Carol has gone through just to claim her work on the internet and distinguish it from "author unknown" or Angelou's poem.
The words are so true and speak what we should be as a Christian!
I'm so glad I'm loved & by His love I have authority in His Name to trample on snakes and scorpions!

Thanks for sharing Carol's poem & linking to her site! God bless & I pray you enjoyed a Spiritual Sunday. Have a good week!

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Hi Carrie,
Thanks again for the lovely award...I acknowledged it for today's post (Monday). :-) Susan