A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

I Am Second

I Am Second is a site with dozens of videos that deal with the reality of daily life.  The choices people make, the paths they take, the results those decisions have.

The site is set up so you can view videos by content area, everything from Abortion to Work, with some pretty grim topics and some tame topics in between.  When I initially checked out the I Am Second website, I looked at the list of videos available with the awareness that Jack and Katie were in the room with me.  I wanted to select something I could watch that wouldn't contain anything inappropriate for Jack to overhear.  I started with Contentment.

The first clip I watched was of Matt Barkley, star quarterback of the USC Trojans.  He shared about what it was like to stand up for his faith through the issues the team has faced lately, and on a very diverse and secular campus.

The CeCe Sims video, wow.  "I'm learning not to let regrets get in the way of my future.  That's all you can do."  Powerful words, given her story.  You can watch it here.

I may be showing my age here, but when I saw that Micheal W. Smith had a video, I was surprised that someone so "big" was involved with the project.  Anyone else remember bellowing out the "Friends Are Friends Forever" song at the top of their lungs in high school, or was that just me?

Probably the most touching video for me personally, was Christine Petric's in the Racism category.  I filter seeing an Asian girl talk about what it's like to live in a white world through the lens of my love for my Asian girls, and ask myself, "How can I make this easier for them?"  It was heart wrenching for me, because I worry about Hannah and Katie facing similar things.

These videos are inspiring.  Please take some time and poke around the I Am Second website and watch something that relates to what you're dealing with in your own life.  If you like what you see, and you want to get involved, like their Facebook page, where you will have the opportunity to help with funding, input, and promotion.  You can even get discounts on cool I AM SECOND gear.

Like this t-shirt!  When Josiah, age 16, saw me wearing this, he said, "Hey, where'd you get the I Am Second t-shirt?"  I blinked at him and said, "You've heard of them?"  Turns out, he's seen several of the videos, both at church and at school.  I asked him what he thought, and he said, "They're interesting!"  I asked him which one was his favorite, and he said, "I don't remember the name of the guy, but his life totally turned around."  So I asked him if he'd like the bracelet, and if he'd be willing to be my "hand model."

Please take a moment to visit the I Am Second website.  Watch a few videos.  Consider signing up for the 22 day challenge.  Thanks for reading!

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