When BBC World News America aired the story of Jessica Cox a few weeks ago, I said, “Wow!” The story of Australian Nick Vujicic on PBS’s Religion and Ethics on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, had me say, “Wow! Wow!”. Born without arms, Jessica Cox learned to overcome adversity to live a life that is above normal for most people, driving with her feet and even flying an airplane. She is also a motivational speaker, drawing inspiration from her own life.
The story of Nick Vujicic began on December 4, 1982 when he came to this world without legs and arms, due to a very rare autosomal recessive congenital disorder, tetra-amelia syndrome – though in his case he has a foot with two toes. Like Jessica’s parents, Nick’s too were shocked and terrified. How do you take care of a child without limbs? And even more confounding: how can such a child possibly live the human life?
It is no surprise that when he was 10, Nick tried to commit suicide. In some ways, too, that thought of suicide helped him find a purpose in life. He says, “I tried to commit suicide…because I didn’t know the truth, write this down, the truth of my value, the truth of my purpose and the truth of my destiny”.
Like most of us, Nick asked, “Why? Why me?”
The answer, he says, came from John 9:3 where in response to why a man was born blind, Jesus said, “this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life”.That is how he discovered the meaning of his life and why he was born as he was.
Nick Vujicic has been to 44 countries and spoken to an audience of 5 million. He is also planning to preach in 27 countries next year. His message is “to let people know…how very precious they are to God…(and) to assure them that God does have a plan for their lives that is purposeful. For God took my life, one that others might disregard as having any significance and filled me with His purpose …”
I mentioned that Nick lives an above normal life. His hobbies include swimming, surfing and even sky diving. This says a lot to the many of us who find enough reasons to complain. Furthermore – and this has repeatedly been emphasized on this site – everything happens for a reason. The “good” and the “bad”, all happen for a reason.