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Topic: Australia or New Zealand (01/15/09)
TITLE: Blessed Ability
By Anita van der Elst
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WikiAnswers.com states that coal, iron ores, tin ores, wool, beef, barley, and raw sugar, plus a number of natural resources and commodities, are the main exports of Australia.
But in my opinion, of all its exports, Australia should be proudest of one small package of personality, self-deprecating wit and spiritual hope in the person of Nick Vujicic. Though small in stature, his heart and soul encompass a greater vision than all the vistas of Australia and New Zealand combined.
I first heard Nick speak in an evangelistic venue a couple of years ago. I immediately became an ardent admirer. Nick is the epitome of the concept of the glass is half-full. Actually he’s more like the glass that is full to overflowing. This is a young man who cannot even pick up a glass, half-full, empty or not. Nick was born with no arms and no legs. No one has been able to determine what caused his body to develop without limbs. But he says God had a plan for him and in addition to quipping, “No arms, no legs, no worries,” often quotes Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”’
Nick admits to facing hopelessness and depression at a certain point in his young life. But then he realized he had something to offer others who go through that valley. God had given him life, the kind of life that has no end through Jesus Christ. His mom reminded him God had also given him a big voice. That voice comes out strong, in a charming Aussie accent. Ear to ear grinning is his trademark. He is a self-proclaimed “huggin’ machine”. And when he’s hugged you, you know you’ve been hugged like you’ve never been hugged before. On the second occasion to hear him speak, I experienced for myself one of those hugs and I can attest to that. For a man with no arms and no legs, it was some humdinger of a hug.
On the two occasions when I heard Nick speak in person, hundreds of people, young and old, looked up at him as he scooted back and forth across the table on the platform and spoke words of hope. I may never see the grand vistas of Australia but this energetic chap with the Aussie accent speaks from a heart bigger than the highest mountain there. He says he believes God called him, a man with no arms and no legs, to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Because of his unique blessed ability he is allowed to speak and continues to speak about the love God offers, in countries and venues, many of which no ordinary person would be allowed. According to the comments left on his website and myspace page, multitudes of people’s lives have been changed forever because of the love he’s shared with them.
I hope God allows him many years of blessed ability. It is an honor to pray for Nick’s ministry.
For more information: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/
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