“When I say that I’m a Christian”

This poem was shared with me from a friend at cafemom. I guess its pretty widely known, but I had never seen it until I started posting it myself. It is a beautiful reminder that this life is not about us, or what we want when we call ourselves Christians. I know for myself, when I fell away, I had a huge wake up call from God. It was the hardest thing to walk back into church after I disobeyed God. Thankfully, after some time, I allowed God to start removing my guilt and shame. I pray that when people see me, they don’t see someone who calls themself a Christian just for name sake, but I hope they see Jesus, and desire to know Him too.

When I Say “I Am A Christian”

by Carol Wimmer

When I say…”I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting “I am saved”
I’m whispering “I get lost!”
“That is why I chose this way.”

When I say…”I am a Christian”
don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble
and need someone 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 I have failed
and cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say…”I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect,
my flaws are 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 heartaches
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.

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