Jeremy Statton

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3 Important Elements to Changing Your Story

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I told you the story of a small, frail Sudanese girl named Achu. Her story is incredible and there are lessons we must learn from her.

The power of hope, faith and action.


Achu’s story is about hope. Hope for tomorrow. Hope for something better. Hope for something very difficult to end.

Hope means that we believe. That we desire. That we trust.

Hope is important because without hope, we quit. We stop fighting. We give up on our dreams. We give up on our hope for more.

We let ourselves become subject to our circumstances instead of trying to change them.

Do you know someone who always has hope? They smile. They get excited about life and opportunities. They keep working even when there does not seem to be any immediate results.

If Achu can have hope in her circumstances, everyone of us can find hope in ours.

photo by Rupert Ganzer (Creative Commons)


Faith is believing in something you have not seen or cannot confirm the existence of.

The essence of dreaming is the desire for something that isn’t. We choose to live better stories so that we can change from our current reality into one that has not yet been realized.

Faith is believing even when it seems impossible.

Hope and faith must come together. One is ineffective without the other. If you desire, but do not believe, or believe but do not desire, then nothing will happen.

Achu had no experience with modern medicine. She had never been to a hospital that possessed the capabilities to make her better.

She knew nothing of the medicine that could save her leg and her life, but she kept fighting because she had hope and faith.


When hope and faith come together, they produce action.

When we can imagine, through hope, something better and we believe, even beyond comprehension, that it can be, then we possess the power to act.

We may not know what to do. We may not be certain of where it will take us.

But we will act.

We will take a leap of faith even without assurance of the outcome.

Do you have hope and faith? Has it led to action?

Tell us in the comments.

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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  1. I wanted to change my life. I knew it was possible. I started going back to church. So far I have lost almost 40lbs. My mentor’s hope is contagious, he taught me how to have a great day everyday. Thanks for contributing to my great day Jeremy.

  2. Glad to hear it, Wild Bill. which was harder? Church or weight loss?

  3. Well I’ve lost weight every week but I have missed 2 weeks of church. Got to step up my church goal.

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