Have you ever met a person and heard their story and wondered, “There’s no way that can happen … how is it possible?” Well, several years ago a friend gave me a ticket to hear a motivational speaker at one of Dallas’ largest hotel venues. I looked forward to going and asked who the keynote speaker was … “it’s Nick Vujicic … and by the way, it’s sold out with a waiting list.” Nick who? To make a long story short, I went and then didn’t want to leave.
A handsome Australian, Nick was on stage all of two minutes as he held the entire audience in the palm of his hand … only he didn’t have hands, or arms, or legs. Nick was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1982. Early sonogram technology failed to reveal that he had tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs.
As you can imagine, Nick struggled with depression and loneliness. As a teenager, he reached a low point where he wanted to commit suicide by drowning himself in the bathtub, believing his life had no purpose and he would never have someone to share life with. But Nick was wrong.
Today Nick is married, with a young son. He is an author, international speaker, musician, and actor who enjoys fishing, painting, and swimming. In 2005 he established Life Without Limbs, an international non-profit ministry. Talk about miraculous!
When I first learned of Nick I thought, “how is it possible that he had the desire to keep going and not give up?” Nick says, “As a child I never thought I’d be any sort of communicator of hope, because I did not have any hope. I don’t remember the last time I prayed for a miracle to have limbs, because I know I don’t need limbs; I need peace. I don’t need limbs; I need purpose. I don’t need limbs; I need Jesus. And when you have Jesus, you have everything you need, because that is the only source of hope. If you have hope, you have everything, and Jesus is the hope.”
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Nick and hearing him speak on several occasions. Nick glows from the inside out, has a twinkle in his eye and an infectious smile. When you meet him you don’t see a deformity, you see a miracle, because there is no deformity in God’s eyes. That same encouragement Nick offers to literally millions around the world when he shares his story is affecting our culture for the better.
If you think God cannot possibly use you, then think about Nick Vujicic’s message: “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then he will certainly use any willing heart!”
Luke 18:27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”