What I’m actually saying is….***Gem***

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 sting 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.

This is such an awesome poem by Dr.Maya Angelou. Her words always move me because no matter what you have been through you can see in her writings that she has gone through it too and so eloquently able to put it in perspective. With that being said with a busy , somewhat stressful January about to be a thing of the past I can confidently say that I am well on my way to doing everything I have set out to do with God’s grace and guidance. Something that has been happening recently is I am really allowing my self to just be. I am a Christian and I fall short multiple times a day. This year I have been very forgiving of myself.  As a Christian it is important to know the difference between conviction and condemnation. It’s like knowing when to work harder and when to work smarter. Hold yourself accountable but also give yourself a break too. It is good to find that balance and I am slowly working on that balance. Can’t wait to see what wonderful blessings God has in store for all us.

One day at a time,

Gem

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  1. #1 by radical7even on January 30, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    Great post! I loved that poem! It really made me think and see what she means! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Audrey

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