824) No Arms No Legs No Worries

     Imagine getting through your busy day without arms or legs.  Picture your life without the ability to walk, care for your basic needs, or even embrace those you love.  Meet Nicholas Vujicic (pronounced VOO-yee-cheech).  Without any medical explanation or warning, Nick was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without arms and legs.  The Vujicic family was destined to cope with both the challenge and blessing of raising a son who refused to allow his physical condition to limit his lifestyle.

     The early days were difficult.  Throughout his childhood, Nick not only dealt with the typical challenges of school and adolescence, but he also struggled with depression and loneliness.  Nick constantly wondered why he was different than all the other kids.  He questioned the purpose of life, or if he even had a purpose.

     According to Nick, the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God.  His family, friends and the many people he has encountered along the journey have inspired him to carry on, as well.

     Since his first speaking engagement at age 19, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions, sometimes in stadiums filled to capacity, speaking to a range of diverse groups such as students, teachers, young people, business professionals and church congregations of all sizes.  Today this dynamic young evangelist has accomplished more than most people achieve in a lifetime.  He’s an author, musician, actor, and his hobbies include fishing, painting and swimming.  In 2007, Nick made the long journey from Australia to southern California where he is the president of the international non-profit ministry, Life Without Limbs, which was established in 2005.

     Nick says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!”  Nick’s latest foray into radio will expand his platform for inviting men and women all around the world to embrace the liberating hope and message of Jesus Christ.

–From Nick’s website at:  http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org 

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     MORE ON NICK’S JOURNEY:  At the age of eight, Nick could not see a bright future ahead and went through a depression.  When he was ten years old, he decided to end his life by drowning himself in a bathtub.  After a couple attempts, he realized that he did not want his loved ones to feel the burden and guilt, that would result from his suicide.

     At the age of thirteen he hurt his foot, which he used for many things like typing, writing, and swimming.  That injury made him realize that he need to be more thankful for his abilities and less focused on his disabilities.

     When he was fifteen years old, he sealed his faith on God and from there it has been an amazing journey.  When he was seventeen, a janitor at his high school inspired him to start speaking about his faith and overcoming adversity.

In the following videos Nick tells his amazing story and offers encouragement to others facing difficulties.  I bet you can’t watch just one!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USUvzKDroqM  (scenes from his life; four minute testimony; 2007)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc4HGQHgeFE  (from Nick’s inspirational speaking on video; 2010 four minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3QezBvN1BE  (The story of Nick and his wife; 12 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kxSrPD__BA  (great speech to teens on believing in yourself; ten minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM_eHJcdjig  (2012 interview/testimony; eight minutes)

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Nick and his wife Kanael and son Kiyoshi.

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Psalm 46:1  —  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

II Corinthians 12:9  —  And he (the Lord) said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

I Corinthians 1:27b  —  God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

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Dear God, 

Enlighten what is dark in me,

Strengthen what is weak in me,

Mend what is broken in me,

Bind what is bruised in me,

Heal what is sick in me,

And lastly, revive whatever peace and love has died in me.  Amen.

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