This weekend Northland Church in Longwood, Florida had a special guest speaker, Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs. His story is so inspirational! He regularly preaches and gives speeches on subjects such as disability, hope, and finding meaning in life. The sermon was so encouraging and motivational. It was an awesome service!
Here is his story taken from the Northland website:
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.
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.
Now at 29 years old, this limbless young man has accomplished more than most people accomplish in a lifetime. Nick recently made the massive move from Brisbane, Australia, to California, where he is the president of an international non-profit organization called 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. He has also told his story and been interviewed on various televised programs worldwide.
When he does have time off from his busy schedule, Nick enjoys golfing, fishing, swimming and listening to music of all varieties, and most importantly, spending personal time with lifelong friends and family in Australia and the U.S. And most recently, Nick has begun to explore acting, with a starring role in the movie short, The Butterfly Circus, which can be viewed http://thebutterflycircus.com/about/who-we-are/. As 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 says to always pray for a miracle, but if you can't get a miracle, become one! He is truly a miracle and delivers a message filled with hope.