“I have the choice to be angry at God for what i don’t have, or be thankful for what i do have”―Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limits
He goes around the world to tell people “you are beautiful just the way you are.” Nick Vujicic is a motivational speaker with no arms and no legs. He was born with tetra-amlia syndrome, which is a disease characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Instead of choosing to be angry with God for what he doesn’t have, he chose to thank him for a little foot with two toes. He learned to do everything without limbs—He does most of the daily skills with his two toes on his foot. He can eat, brush his teeth, type up to 43 words in a minute, play drum, play soccer, swim, and etc.
He had attempted suicide at the age of ten due to bullying in school. However, he decided to live after few attempts because he didn’t want to leave his loved ones with the burden and guilt. The turning point was when he was thirteen. He hurt his foot and couldn’t do all of the daily things he used to do. This made him realize that he has to be grateful for what he has and focus more on the abilities than disabilities. He decided to give his life to Jesus at the age of fifteen because he experienced the greatest peace, joy, and fulfillment when he found faith in Him.
“Jesus has given me victory over every circumstance and comforted me in every pain. I believe that once you find faith in God, you will experience the greatest peace, joy and fulfillment. My faith in God is why I am driven to motivate, share and travel.”
He still keeps a pair of shoes in his closet. Since he was young, he prayed God for two arms and two legs and his prayer is unanswered. However, he realized that his life could inspire others when his struggle and embrace his lack of limbs—he became to be thankful for who he was. Though his prayer was not answered, God had showed him the way, His plan, and the purpose of life. He said “if you can’t get a miracle, become one.” Even though he still prays for two arms and two legs, he knows that God will not make such miracle, instead, He made Nick to become a miracle, and spread Jesus, hope, and dreams.