Sunday, April 4, 2010

When I Say I Am A Christian

Poem by Carol Wimmer

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 can not 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 all 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.

My friend, Lenore, posted this poem on her blog today. As I read it, I realized that I often get it all wrong. I often believe that because I am a Christian, I should be constantly striving to be perfect, wise, successful, and strong. Carol Wimmer's words remind me that it's because of my own inability to ever achieve these things, that I need to follow Christ.

Happy Easter to each and every one of you!


Walk said...

Well said my friend, though it is easier to sulk in my shortcomings than to rejoice in His overcoming.

Shaddy said...

Long time, no see. It's great to hear from you.

It is easy to compare ourselves to others and then pout when we come up short. That's when we'd benefit from focusing on all that we do have.

I'd venture to say your strengths far outweigh your shortcomings! But then, I should probably consult with Beautiful before I venture on.

All's well that ends well.

:) -End- :)

Anonymous said...

Isn't this poem beautiful and inspiring. What a fitting post for the day. Thank you!

Shaddy said...

darksculptures: I love the message it delivers so simply and yet powerfully. Thanks for visiting today.


AMEN Shaddy!
Love you sister~

Cassie said...

My friend Cathi pointed me to your blog. (She's a blog stalker and never leaves comments.) She knew I'd like it. And I do! Happy Resurrection Sunday to you!

Shaddy said...

Lenore: Good news spreads fast!

Cassie: Please thank Cathi for steering you here. I hope you'll become a regular. Have a great week! Also, thanks for commenting. I'll put your name in calligraphy on my blog very soon.

Annie said...

I have read this powerful and addresses well how without Him, no more would a CHRISTian I would be...thankfully HE lives and has soaked my life with love. Love my name in calligraphy!!!! And also love the quotes by Ann Linquist! Thank you for not only sharing your heart here by also through email. It has truly been a pleasure to get to know you and realize the many things we have in common. Blessings...