Jeremy Statton

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Choose to Believe

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From Jeremy: This is a guest post from Dave Arnold. Dave is a writer, blogger and speaker. He also leads a ministry that reaches out to refugees and immigrants in the Detroit-area. You can read more from him at his blog, Reflections From the Alley. Follow him on Twitter or Email him.

How a Bad Day Became Good

When I was young my school told my mom I had a learning disability.

I didn’t know what that meant, all I knew was every day I was escorted out of the classroom and taken to a “special” class called Resource.

It was humiliating.

But it proved to be monumental.

photo by Martin Gommel (creative commons)

It was in Resource where I was encouraged to write stories and use my imagination for the first time.

Although I hated feeling “different” and the fact I had to leave the classroom in front of all my friends, I secretly loved going to Resource. For it was in that space where I came alive, where I created and believed I was Okay.

Words have Power

Fast forward twelve years later. In college I enrolled in, what I thought, was a blow-off class. But it was a class that changed my life because I met my favorite professor, Dr. Hensley, a writer and communicator who became one of my heroes.

He would say, “Words have power.” And I believed him!

Through Dr. Hensley and my teacher in Resource who believed in me, God birthed in me a love of words and called me to use those words to inspire others to live out great stories.

It’s ironic because there were those who used words to hurt me when I was young. Words like “you can’t” and “you won’t.”

Unfortunately, for the longest time I believed those words.

But there were a few who told me “you can” and “you will.” Most importantly I’ve come to believe the truth that “I can do all things through Christ.”

Choose to Believe

So, no matter what you’ve been told in your past, and how many people doubted you and said “you can’t” or “you won’t” or “you shouldn’t”, chose to believe that…

  • you can live out an amazing story.
  • you can engage in meaningful work and fulfill your dreams.
  • you can inspire others to reach their potential by the words you speak.
  • you can change someone’s life by telling them you believe in them.
  • you can trust that God believes in you and that in Him you can do all things.

Remember the words in Ephesians 3:20 (The Message.)

God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildrest dreams!

So today if you are struggling with voices from your past, or with personal failure, or with fear, chose to believe. Believe you can do amazing things because you were created by an amazing God.

What will you chose to believe today?

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About Jeremy Statton

Jeremy is a writer and an orthopedic surgeon. When not ridding the world of pain, he helps you live a better story. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google +.

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21 Replies

  1. Great reminder. We have the power to choose which words to believe.

    1. davejarnold16@gmail.com

      Yes, Eileen, we do. We don’t have to allow negative words to dictate. It’s the way to live!

  2. Great post. Thanks for the encouragement!

    1. davejarnold16@gmail.com

      Thanks, Katie. Glad it was an encouragement to you.

  3. I choose to believe that I can make a difference in this world through Him.

    1. davejarnold16@gmail.com

      Awesome, Cole. Thanks for sharing. The power and strength comes from Him!

  4. i love this! it is so, so true: we always have a choice in how we live and react to the world and situations in which we find ourselves. also – love that version of the ephesians verse: “god can do anything, you know…” indeed.

    1. I love this concept of choosing how we respond as well. I am trying to apply it to everything. I am trying to choose joy.

      1. davejarnold16@gmail.com

        Thanks, Jeremy, yea, it’s not always easy. But it’s possible to chose to respond rather than react. Thanks for allowing me to share!

    2. davejarnold16@gmail.com

      Thanks, Tim. Yes, it’s so easy to react to things around us and let negative forces dictate rather than chosing to believe what God says and what we know is true. Thanks for your comment.

      1. hey, you’re welcome, dave. yes, the realization that i have a choice was a very enlightening one. it’s not always easy to chose anything but a negative reaction, but it is possible. much, if not all, of life is all perspective, which is a product of our choices. a very powerful concept that i am constantly amazed by and try to live up to and by.

  5. Thomas Mason

    What an amazingly encouraging post! Sometimes what the enemy means for bad in our life experiences turns out to be what God means for good. Great reminder.

    1. davejarnold16@gmail.com

      Thanks, Thomas. Yea, isn’t it amazing how God uses the hard things, our weakness, even what people mean for evil, and turns it around for our good and His purposes! Thanks for your words.

  6. Great post Arnold and great reminder.

    1. davejarnold16@gmail.com

      Thank you, Ngina. Glad you enjoyed it.

  7. It only takes one or two who believe in us to triumph over the voices that seek to quench our spirits. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story Dave.

    1. davejarnold16@gmail.com

      Thanks for your comment Debra. Yes, we need those voices to cheer us on.
      Thanks!

  8. Thank you for writing this. I found your post especially encouraging today. Interesting that through another source today the Lord spoke Ephesians 3:17 about how God wants to do far above and beyond what I can imagine. He’s confirming this truth for me.

    This phrase also grabbed my attention, “Believe you can do amazing things because you were created by an amazing God.”

    Sometimes as Christians we don’t think it’s okay to think we are amazing. We think somehow that’s prideful or not cool. When we do this, we disagree with God. We need to intentionally bring our thoughts in line with the truth and stop saying, “Yes, but, I did this and that wrong or I’m not perfect.”

    Regardless of what we have or have not done or our imperfections, God sees us as amazing. As awkward as it may feel, we need to agree with Him and start walking in newness of life, the redeemed amazing life has for us and be amazing!

    Old things have passed away and all things have become new. Learning to walk in that new reality can be an up and down process and it starts with agreeing with the truth about what God says about us.

    I think it’s so cool that when you were put in the other class, you discovered your creative self. I’m glad you did and because of it, you wrote this amazing post to inspire all of us. Thank you. This shows once again, God is good and even when we’re unhappy about our circumstances, He knows what’s best for us at all times. :-)

    1. davejarnold16@gmail.com

      Wow, Sharon, thank you for this awesome comment. You are so right: we tend to think if we think we’re amazing and can do amazing we’re to self-focused. But God wants us to be amazing! That’s how He crated us – in His amazing image. Thanks for your words!
      God bless

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