A new movement called "I Am Second" is ministering to people struggling with destructive lifestyles by teaching them about the purpose and focus of their life.
People with issues ranging from substance abuse and sexual addiction to abuse and trauma are being invited to talk to someone who has overcome the same problem through the website iamsecond.com.
The aim of the site and the movement of the same name is to connect people with similar life stories – one who has overcome the difficulty and can share authentic insight, and one who is still struggling with the problem.
Mentors are teaching participants the importance of making Jesus Christ the first focus of their life and making themselves second. In doing so, participants are taught how they will be lifted up and be co-heirs with Christ.
People are also taught about the second chance offered by Christ. They learn that God still loves them even though they've made mistakes.
"Our vision is for people to discover that I am Second is much more than just a Web site," comented Nathan Sheets, vice president of partner development for e3 Partners Ministry, Inc., which created the site. "We hope to inspire a revolution of second among people of all generations so that they may understand the fullness of life in Jesus."
Supporters of the movement are featured in videos on the "I Am Second" website. Some celebrities are also featured, including Brian Welch, former lead guitarist/co-founder of the band Korn; Mike Huckabee, former Republican presidential candidate; and Stephen Baldwin, the Hollywood actor.
The "I Am Second" website also helps people find support groups near them, though, currently, support groups are only available in northern Texas.
Anyone, however, can log onto the site to connect with a live person either by phone, chat or e-mail 24-hours a day.
Some of the struggles that the movement deals with include affluence, divorce, fatherlessness, meaning, purpose in life, racism, satisfaction, pride, handicaps, selfishness, success, and war.