Sunday, February 24, 2013
Life Without Limits
My sweet readers, please take the next 8 minutes to watch the YouTube video below.
(or copy and paste this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl58qufXfYk)
His name is Nick Vujicic. Born in 1982, in Melbourne, Australia, Nick lives his life without limbs. He was born without any arms or legs. Yet through his story of hope we see that although he must forever live his life without limbs, he lives a life without limits.
"God is using someone with no arms and no legs to be His hands and feet."
The life of Nick Vujicic teaches us that we don't have to be what this world considers "perfect" in order to serve as God's instrument. God uses our imperfections to show the world just how perfect He is. Nick has no hands, yet he is God's hands. Nick has no feet, yet he is God's feet. The world may see Nick as "abnormal" or "imperfect," yet when God looks at Nick, He says in awe, "Altogether beautiful you are, my darling; there is nothing in you to cause a fall" (Song of Solomon 4:7). God sees something wonderful in Nick, despite his imperfections, and God has given Nick the strength and the wisdom to bring countless people to the heart of Jesus.
"I have a choice to either be angry at God for what I don't have, or be thankful for what I do have."
So maybe Nick doesn't have any arms or any legs, but get this: Nick is still alive on this earth. We must consider him a lucky one simply because he is breathing. His heart is beating, and in the midst of the chaos of his situation, his heart is beating for Jesus. I can't think of a more beautiful kind of heartbeat.
"I found out that God can heal you without changing your circumstances."
Nick found peace at the foot of the cross of Christ. There came a point in his life when he knew that God was going to do something beautiful with his situation. He began to understand just how much light God was ready and willing to shine on His darkness, if only Nick would let Him. Repeatedly he asked, "Why, God? Why did You make me this way?" God's response: "Do you trust Me?" And in the words of Nick himself, once you say yes to this question, nothing else matters. Once you learn to trust in Jesus, nothing else matters.
I need you to do something for me. Think about Nick's story. He has no arms or legs, yet he is happy. He is physically broken, yet his soul cries out sweet melodies to Jesus. "The joy of the Lord is [his] strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). I need you to realize that no matter what you're facing in your life today, God can give you hope for a better tomorrow. God can heal you without changing your circumstances. I need you to realize that you have a very simple decision to make: you can focus on the hint of darkness in your life, or you can see the light God has shined upon your soul. It's a choice between light and darkness, life or death. A choice to either be angry at God for what you don't have, or be thankful for what you do have. Above all, I need you to realize that our purpose on this earth is to be God's light - to notice what great light He has shined in our lives and to be that same light in the lives of other people. "You are the light of the world; a city on a hill cannot be hidden" (Matthew 5:14). God can even use someone with no arms and no legs to be His hands and feet. God did not come to save those whom the world considers perfect, but He came so that we may find freedom from our imperfections in Him. Jesus says to us, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners" (Mark 2:17).
No matter what you are going through, you still get another day to breathe, another day to live, another day to love. For that, you are considered a lucky one. So keep breathing, keep living, keep loving, and let every breath you breathe, every day you live, and every person you love be for the glory of our great God.
To learn more about Nick's story, click here.
Song of the Week: "I Wanna Live Like That" by Sidewalk Prophets