The following poem by Maya Angelou puts into words how I feel about being a Christian. Many people I’ve spoken to are afraid to commit their lives to God because they have the misconception that they can never sin again. That would be nice, yes, but unrealistic. If I would have waited until I knew I would never sin again, I NEVER would have given myself to Christ! The only One that is perfect is Christ.

We can only try not to sin because we love God and it pleases Him. Besides, He gave us those rules to live by only to save us from pain and sorrow. Have you ever noticed that when you do sin, your life turns upside down? The rules He gave us to live by are to make our lives happier, not to “take something away.”

“When I say I am a Christian,” 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!

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