Meet Nick Vujicic
I have dedicated my book Round Pizza in a Square Box to three individuals who have inspired me to live and think differently.
One individual is Nick Vujicic, whom I met in Salt Lake City, Utah, as he prepared for a flight to Calcutta. Born without arms or legs, Nick inspires people worldwide with his drive and passion for life (www.lifewithoutlimbs.org). Here is his story as written in Round Pizza in a Square Box.
Nick Vijucic features the following quote on the homepage of his website: “Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around a friend; no hands to hold the ones you love; no fingers to experience touch; no way to lift or carry things. How much more difficult would life be if you were living without arms and hands? Or what about legs? Imagine if instead of no arms, you had no legs. No ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand. Now put both of those scenarios together… no arms and no legs. What would you do? How would that affect your everyday life?”
This quote is a mere rhetorical thought for almost every person walking this earth, but for Nick, it is concrete reality. In 1982, he gave his parents and doctors a shock when in Brisbane, Australia, he entered the world without arms or legs.
Nick’s childhood was as normal as it could be. He attended school and struggled like any other child to make new friends, dodge bullies, and develop healthy self-esteem. “Why do I have to be the one child who does not have arms or legs,” he wondered. “What purpose does it serve? Does it serve any purpose at all?”
As years passed, Nick’s faith in God helped him replace feelings of depression and loneliness with strength and contentment. “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 exclaimed.
Nick finished high school, then college, and embarked on a career as a motivational speaker. His taught a simple message: God changes lives. He changed my life and gave me hope and a future. The struggles we encounter have purpose, and can be overcome with the right attitude and trust in God.
In 2007, Nick moved from Australia to California becoming President of Life Without Limbs, a non-profit organization devoted to sharing the message of Christ with students, teachers, youth, businesses, and congregations all around the world. “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 professed.
I count myself blessed to have personally met Nick during his visit to Salt Lake City, Utah. Though not yet thirty years old at the time, he had accomplished more to encourage and bless people than most individuals accomplish in a lifetime.
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