I’ve been debating for weeks what I wanted my 100th post to be about. Then I opened an email today and I knew…this was it. I couldn’t wait for “Thankful Thursday” to share it. I wanted to share it now!
Meet Nick Vujicic, pronounced ‘Vooy-cheech’. Born in 1982 in Brisbane, Australia, without any medical explanation or warning, Nicholas Vujicic came into the world with neither arms nor legs. Imagine the shock his parents felt when they saw their first-born brand new baby boy for the first time, only to find he was what the world would consider imperfect and abnormal.
A limbless son was not what nurse Dushka Vujicic, and her husband Pastor Boris Vujicic had been expecting. How would their son live a normal happy life? What could he ever do or become when living with such a massive disability? Little did they or anyone else know that this beautiful limbless baby would one day be someone who would inspire and motivate people from all walks of life. God uses Nick to touch lives and bring the hope of Jesus Christ to people across the globe.
Throughout his childhood, Nick dealt not only with the typical challenges of school and adolescence such as bullying and self-esteem issues; but also struggled with depression and loneliness. He constantly questioned why he was different than all the other kids surrounding him; why he was the one born without arms and legs. He wondered what the purpose behind his life was, or if he even had a purpose. According to Nick, the victory over his struggles throughout his journey, as well as the strength and passion he has for life can be credited to his faith in God. His family, friends and the many people he has encountered along the way have also encouraged him.
After school, Nick went on with further study and obtained a double Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Accounting and Financial Planning from Griffith University in Logan, Australia. By the age of 19, Nick started to fulfill his dream of being able to encourage other people and bring them the gospel of Jesus through motivational speaking and sharing his testimony about how God changed his life and gave him a future and a hope. “I found the purpose of my existence, and also the purpose of my circumstance. There’s a purpose for why you’re in the fire.” Nick wholeheartedly believes that there is a purpose in each of the struggles we each encounter in our lives, and that our attitude towards those struggles, along with our faith and trust in the Lord can be the keys to overcoming the challenges we face.
Today, this limbless young man has accomplished more than most people accomplish in a lifetime. Nick made the massive move from Brisbane, Australia to California, USA in 2007, where he is the President and CEO of a non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs.
Since his first speaking engagement back when he was 19, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions of people, speaking to a range of different groups such as students, teachers, youth, businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, and church congregations of all sizes. He has also told his story and been interviewed on various televised programs worldwide. “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 Vujicic, an amazing being with an incredible story! He has truly touched my life and I’ve never even met him! After hearing one minute of his testimony… IMMEDIATELY croc-tears began to flow. This hit home…having someone close to me, My Dad, who was not born without limbs — but he became an amputee. I saw how brave he was and how he kept pushing and fighting without complaints each day! He was always thankful and he showed me that I could overcome any obstacle. I’m very thankful for people like Nick who turn their challenges into triumphs!
Watch Nick share his incredible story!
What an AMAZING testimony! Thank you so much for sharing, Tiffany! And ladies…I know Nick is a cutie-pie, but he’s already taken! You can watch a video of he and his beautiful, new bride here! I hope you were touched just as I was. Please feel to share this story with anyone you know…The WORLD needs to hear it! xo
Visit Life With Limbs: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/