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Living Life Without Limits

It says in James 1:2, "Consider it pure joy, my Brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds." And indeed, "trials of many kinds" describes the amazing life of Nick Vujicic.

Nick is the firstborn son into a loving Christian home. His father was the pastor of a church in Melbourne, Australia. However, on the morning of December 4th , 1982, the last two words on the minds of his parents was "Praise God!". Their firstborn son had been born without limbs! There were no warnings or time to prepare themselves for it. Having no answers at all, the doctors were completely shocked and taken off guard.

The first big hurdle was for his parents to be at peace, trusting that God was still fully in control. It took a number of months and a lot of tears, questions and grief before coming to terms within their own hearts. God provided them with the strength, wisdom and courage they would need through those early years.

"When you put your faith in the power of Him instead the wisdom of man, that's where the impossible can happen..."

Nick never thought that God could use him. In fact, he told his mom that he wants to commit suicide. At age 10, he actually tried killing himself three times because he thinks that he is a burden to his parents and everyone around him. However, on the third try, he had a realised how broken and sad his parents will be if he had died. He realised that having a son with no arms and legs is better than a son with no arms and legs and who committed suicide.

As Nick grew older, God continued to prepare his heart and teach him to seek Him. Due to the emotional struggles Nick had experienced with bullying, self-esteem and loneliness, God began to instill a passion of sharing his story and experiences to help others cope with whatever challenge they might have in their lives. Turning his struggles into something that would glorify God and bless others, Nick realized his purpose!

Through all the various trials he had faced, Nick has learnt what it means to trust God fully.

"Once we make ourselves available for God's work, guess whose capabilities we rely on? God's! Philippians 4:13 highlights this point well, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' God has a truly great purpose for your life!"

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