Friday, February 23, 2007

When I Say "I am a Christian"
by Carol Wimmer, Original Author

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.
1988 copyright Carol Wimmer


Below you can view information on the poem's history.

Carol Wimmer -- author who originally penned this poem in 1988. Carol shares how she learned of her poem circulating via the Internet having been changed from it's original writing, as well as how some people even thought it was written by Dr. Maya Angelou which is incorrect.

Snopes.com -- Snopes is known to find the truth on many subjects. The site proclaims the poem was falsely spread on the Internet to be penned by the beloved poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou which is incorrect, stating it was indeed written by Carol Wimmer.

Dr. Maya Angelou -- a remarkable woman, best-selling author, poet, educator, activist, playwright, producer, and historian.

2 comments:

KelseyChristine said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

I really liked this poem. I thought to myself "EXACTLY!!" after I read it :)

^i^Grandparents Cyber Corner^i^ said...

Hi Kelsey, this is why I thought it important to post. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. :)