Nick Vujicic was born without limbs and there was no medical reason why such a thing happened. As expected, he was bullied frequently at school. The bullying and the taunts instilled much fear into his early life.
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"Fear will cripple you more than having no arms and no legs," reflects Nick. The fear of feeling like you are a mistake, the fear of what people think of you or the fear that there is no hope. It is a vicious cycle and extremely trying to overcome those fears.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. - 1 John 4:18
Nick managed to overcome those fears in time, but only because of the love from his family and the instilled faith in him. There were still times when he was at a breaking point. One of such times occurred when he was just 8 years old. He wanted to end his life…
At age 8, Nick thought he would never get a job, never get married, never become independent. These thoughts tormented him and led him into a space of fear and depression. When he was 10 years old, Nick tried to end it all by drowning himself in the family bathtub, not knowing what beautiful things came come from his broken pieces.
The first turning point came in Nick's life was when he hurt his foot while playing soccer. That was when he realized that he needed to be thankful about what he does have. Nick needed more than just an attitude change. It wasn't enough to just think positively.
What Nick needed was hope. Real Hope.
We all need to know that there is a greater purpose beyond what we are going through now, even when we can't see it.
That purpose came for Nick when he was 15 years old. He read the story about the man who was born blind and no one knew why he was born that way in John 9. Nick identified with that story. It was what Jesus said in response to His disciples' question that brought a revelation to Nick.
But this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. - John 9:3
"If I can just be a miracle for some person to come to heaven and live forever. And they look at me and cry up there. And say ‘Nick, thank you for helping me believe that heaven was real.' That's all worth it."
Nick decided that if he can't get a miracle, he will be a miracle.
Deep Down, we have no idea about the brokenness of teenagers in this time and age. The statistics are staggering. In Hawaii, 12.8% of all teenagers in Hawaii have already attempted suicide. Suicide has become a viable option.
When Nick and his team did a survey at the high schools, they found that a third of the teenagers attempted suicide because of bullying and the remaining two-thirds were because of abusive homes. It is the work of the enemy, taking away the joy and the truth of who we truly are (John 10:10).
Nick truly wants to encourage the next generation to come back to the truth and the basics of
their value and their purpose, that is not determined on what the world's