i am preserved, protected, restored, and blessed...because God is gracious to me. It is not because i'm a good girl --- it's in spite of, and yet also because of, the fact that i was the naughtiest, most rotten of the lot.
God showed me His grace --- His goodness that I far from deserved, so that others can see that His love is unconditional. And that there is hope for all of us :)
From Romans 11:2-6:
God did not reject His people, whom He foreknew.
Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah --- how he appealed to God against Israel: "Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me"?
And what was God's answer to him?
"I have reserved for Myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."
So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.