Friday, February 24, 2006

"Who Am I" or "Whose Am I?"

Okay, so I said I wasn't posting until I got back! But I received this via email from a friend this morning and I thought it was worth posting! A little while back a friend made a post talking about a short quote at http://northvus.blogspot.com/2006/02/shortword11.html, and it seemed to work really well for my title...this friend has a knack for getting me really thinking and searching deep down...quite a few of you do that and that's a good thing!

This poem I received this morning got me thinking, about the fact that, "Yes!" I am a child of God, a Christ follower, but I'm not perfect and this really shouted to me that it's okay to not be perfect...he loves us where we are, he doesn't expect us to reach a certain point, he simply meets us where we are and walks with us along this journey of life. There might be ups and downs, mountains and valleys, good and bad days, but no matter what, he's only a breath away. He's ready to walk and run with us when that's where we're at and also ready to stop, pick us up and carry us when we're at that point. At the end of the day he still loves us, no matter what point we're at, because we're all a continual work in progress and he's okay with that! It's truly by His amazing grace that we are able to go through this life and live for Him...praise God!

Christians - By Maya Angelou
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.

9 comments:

Corry said...

Thank you for sharing this. I think many people have a wrong perspective on what being a Christian means. This poem makes it so clear. It's beautiful in it's humbleness, the way we are supposed to be:-)

God's Grace.

Kc said...

I'm not sure which I would prefer, your thoughts on the poem or the poem. I'm glad you didn't make me choose. ;-)

M. C. Pearson said...

Very beautiful...very.

curious servant said...

I like that quite a bit.

Pia said...

that's putting us in perspective as Christians.

audrey` said...

Yeah!

All of us are beloved children of God :)

Cinder said...

Corry ~ It's so true that sometimes people gain a wrong perspective on what a Christian means. This was humbling and got me thinking about what I truly "am" some days vs. what I should "be". I hope you are feeling better Corry...thx so much for coming by!

Kc ~ Thank you so much for your comments...sometimes I just get on and write whatever comes to mind...I'm humbled to know that some of my posts have touched people...I didn't know what to expect when I started. Have a good week!

M.C. ~ Thx for coming by to visit...I am enjoying your blog and enjoy having you come by and comment...I hope your packing will go well and that I'll get a chance to talk with you soon!

Curious Servant ~ Thx for coming by...I am continuing to pray that God will bless you and your family and give you an extra-helping of his love and peace throughout this week...hope to see you again soon!

Pia ~ Hey there...that does really put things into perspective for us as Christians...I hope you are having a good week and that you're feeling better...it sounds like you've been busy this last little while :) I hope you've been having a lot of fun!

Audrey ~ Praise God that we are all His Children...I hope you have a good week Audrey!

God bless you all...I pray your weeks' will be full of his love, grace, peace and encouragement. We'll talk to you soon...we're still battling illness at our house, so the creative juices aren't really running right now...it'll probably be a few days before I get a post up, but I'll try and get by to read yours!

audrey` said...

Please take care!

I love the poem very much :)
May I put it on my blog?

audrey` said...

Thank you so much for sharing this poem with me, Cinder :)

You're so nice and kind.