Jeremy Statton

Living Better Stories

Give Someone a Drink of Water

To Start Anytime I sit down to write a story, I am easily overwhelmed with not knowing what to write. I know something about the type of story I want to write. I certainly know how I want the reader to feel at the end. And I always hope that the story will help people heal. But [...]

Losing Sight of What is Important

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The Mess at Your Feet It happens. You choose something outside of the ordinary. A harder life, but one that is good. You see a need. You start giving more of yourself. And then your heart reaches out along with your hands. You sacrifice for the good of others. You give and you give and [...]

What verse will you write?

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O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects [...]

The Power of One

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Big Numbers It’s hard to understand the utility of one when we are used to really big numbers. Katy Perry has over 52,000,000 Twitter followers. Last year Oprah Winfrey made over $77,000,000. The U.S. national debt is $17,571,336,985,313.33. In our world, 1,400,000,000 people live in poverty, 842,000,000 live in hungry, and 35,000,000 live with HIV/AIDS. [...]

One Essential Aspect of Finding Your Calling

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The Mystery of a Calling Have you found your calling in life? Have you found that one thing you were made to do? Finding your calling can feel like a mystery. You believe it is possible, but it rarely seems to happen. It is easier to earn a degree than it is to discover your [...]

Why You Should Respond in Love

My son. The day we met him. In the arms of his foster mom, who loved him.

This past Monday World Vision announced through Christianity Today that they were making an organization policy change to permit the hiring of openly gay individuals who are legally married. As you can imagine, people have had all kinds of reactions this week. Those who disagree with this move, have been vocal in their condemnation of [...]

Understanding Who We are Becoming

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Most doctors will check how much you weigh. It is part of the routine. Like taking your blood pressure or your pulse or your temperature, checking your weight is a component to evaluating your health. Even my dentist checks my blood pressure before cleaning my teeth. I have never seen anybody refuse to have their [...]

Love is Impractical

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Most of what you did yesterday made sense. You brushed and flossed your teeth because you don’t want cavities or bad breath. You buckled your seat belt while in the car. You stuck to your budget even though you would look really good in those shoes you saw. You ordered the “skinny” vanilla latte to [...]

The Hard Days: An update on Sean

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Many have asked for an update on Sean. I could say that everything is going well because it is. I could say that we are happy, because we are. But I can also say that these days are hard. I Know More than I Did I know more about Sean than I did. I know [...]

The Difference Between Expectation and Hope

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What We Expected When I was an orthopedic surgery resident most nights were long and hard. After showing up at work as early as 5am, we would then spend the entire night at the hospital working. It was rare that a night was quiet. It was rare that you were able to sleep enough to feel [...]