I found the following poem today while reading some comments on Heather's blog. It got me thinking, not necessarily about what the commenter intended, but about my own Christian testimony.
There are times I am hesitant to share my victory in Christ - not because I am ashamed of Him, but because I am ashamed of me - I think I have to be a perfect example, or others will either label me a hypocrite or Christ a fraud. It holds me back more than I care to admit.
This poem spoke volumes to me. And, brought back a gentle reminder that it's not about me - it's all about God - and He can overcome any weakness I might portray.
by Maya Angelou
“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.”
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!