A funny thing happened along the way after God spoke to my heart about helping out with LifeGuard Ministries, back two years ago now. I sorta assumed that I’d start attending some meetings, maybe help with the music every now and then, and just be a friend to my buddy who had started attending their meetings. I figured I’d get to know some other folks with SSA, and learn about their stories so I could try and do a better job of “reaching” them.
Instead, I ran smack-dab into grace, and my life will never be the same. Grace. It has simply become the main thing we promote at LifeGuard, for ourselves first, and then for everybody else. Grace for all our lives, not just for salvation.
In his book By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me, Sinclair Ferguson states, “Grace is not a ‘thing’. It is not a substance that can be measured or a commodity to be distributed. It is the ‘grace of the Lord Jesus Christ’. In essence, it is Jesus Himself.”
At LifeGuard we don’t focus on behaviors, we focus on grace – Jesus himself. First for ourselves, and then for each other. When we remind ourselves about how ridiculously wonderful His grace is for our own lives, then we are really slow to try and “fix” each other. It turns out, we’re learning that Holy Spirit is really pretty good at His job… and we kinda stink at fixing each other anyway.
As we receive and rest in what He has already done for each of us, we only want to encourage each other to rest in that same grace, because only grace and love can inspire. The law/rules point out how far we all fall short, but Jesus alone can restore each of us. We’re sticking with the main thing – grace.
We pray He floods your heart with the same restorative, peaceful, and powerful love that we are experiencing as well. Our Father loves you, right where you are, no conditions, no required behaviors, not even a heart that is completely “in the right place”. Just reach out and receive His grace. As we do that, He addresses our hearts first, and then our behaviors naturally follow. But we have to receive and rest in Him, first. If you have SSA, or are a friend, family member, child, or spouse of someone with SSA, we are here for you. Please let us know how we may help!