Poem by Carol Wimmer

When I say Iím a Christian, Iím not shouting, ďIíve been saved!Ē Iím whispering, ďI get lost! Thatís why I chose this way.Ē

 When I say, Iím a Christian; I donít speak with human pride, Iím confessing that I stumble, needing God to be my guide.

 When I say, I am a Christian; Iím not trying to be strong, Iím professing that Iím weak and pray for strength to carry on.

 When I say, I am a Christian; Iím not bragging of success, Iím admitting that Iíve failed and cannot ever pay the debt.

 When I say, I am a Christian; I donít think I know it all, I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught.

 When I say, I am a Christian; Iím not claiming to be perfect, my flaws are far too visible but God believes Iím worth it.

 When I say, I am a Christian; I still feel the sting of pain, I have my share of heartache that is why I seek His name.

 When I say, I am a Christian; I do not wish to judge, I have no authorityóI only know Iím loved.

What is a Christian?  The New Testament says,ďAnd the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.Ē  --Acts 11:26 The Ďdisciplesí of the New Testament were followers of the Teachings of Jesus. So, to truly be a ĎChristianí we must live and practice Jesusí teachings.

Church membership does not make us Christian any more than owning a piano makes you a musician. Spending a few hours in a mechanic shop does not make us a mechanic nor does spending a few hours a week in church building make us a Christian.

Jesus said, ďIf you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." John: 8: 31-32

When we look back and wonder how we ever made it thru the years, we realize it's not because we've been clever.. but because God has been wise; not because we've been strong... but because God has been mighty; not because we've been consistent... but because God has been faithful.