Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: I Am Second

"Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you. The authentic stories on provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled."

I have heard about the iamsecond "movement" before, and had been greatly impressed with the stories I heard.  Then I had the opportunity to be apart of a "review" of their merchandise, and tell you about this great website.   (I received two high quality items, a bracelet and t-shirt--see disclosure statement at the bottom of this post.)

What is I am Second about?

To sum it up easily, it's about putting yourself second.   We become "second" when we put our faith in Jesus Christ and believe in Him.  

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10

Who is first?

God.  Then out of our love and obedience to Him, we serve and love our neighbors.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"
Matthew 22:37-38 

On the I am Second website, you'll find stories.  Some stories are more heart-wrenching than others, but two things tie them together-life struggles and the realization of the only ONE who can redeem that struggle.    You'll find the website organized by whatever issues you are dealing with or want to explore (grief, divorce, war, eating, etc.)  I actually had trouble accessing the videos from the website itself, but I went straight to youtube and had no problems.  

I wanted to share a couple of videos that really stood out to me.  I would share them all, because there is just something about all the stories I watched that resonant with me.  These two are extremely emotional and speak of God's redemption for all of us.   It doesn't matter what we've done or where we've been--He's the Good Shepherd looking, searching for us- His lost sheep. 

Caution:  These are too intense to watch while children are present.  Chris talks about his service as a leader in Iraq and Annie was a former prostitute. Please preview!

Hi, I'm Christy, the daughter of an alcoholic bi-polar navy veteran who left his wife with 3 children to raise on her own.  We lived with family members in a not-so-great situation, but at least we had a roof over our heads.  My brother was murdered  15 years ago and my dad died less than an year later.  I've had times of anxiety and depression throughout my entire life.  Yet, Jesus has always been my true friend and Savior.  Without Him, I truly would be lost.  

I'm Christy, and I am Second!

If you would like to support I am Second :

Give Change, Make Change- Many more stories are waiting to be told.  You can help. Commit $2 every Tuesday to build film funds, and your contribution will be used to develop, produce and promote new films. Join the project and become an I am Second insider with access to exclusive content via Facebook.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 


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