I Am A Christian – Maya Angelou

Since today is Sunday, I thought I’d kick things off with this excellent Poem by one of my favorite modern day writers, Maya Angelou. She has some pretty powerful thoughts, and has really made a difference in the world through her writing. This poem pretty much expresses my feelings exactly of what it means to be a Christian.

Picture of Maya Angelou, Writer and Poet

I Am A Christian

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!

- Maya Angelou

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3 responses to “I Am A Christian – Maya Angelou

  • drewas

    This poem, originally titled “When I say I am a Christian,” was authored by Carol Wimmer (http://www.carolwimmer.com/) not Maya Angelou.

  • sixstringer911

    Thanks for your comment. Though the two poems are very similar they are actually 2 different poems. It is very interesting. I’ve included the Carol Wimmer Poem Below:

    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

  • sixstringer911

    One poem was obviously created out of the original one, But I am grateful to have read the poem; whoever wrote it.

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