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Thursday, July 7, 2011

No Arms, No Legs, No Worries

"My name is Nick Vujicic. I was born without limbs and doctors have no medical explanation for this birth 'defect'. As you can imagine, I was faced with many challenges and obstacles.
'Consider it pure joy, my Brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.'....To count our hurt, pain and struggle as nothing but pure joy? As my parents were Christians, and my Dad even a Pastor of our church, they knew that verse very well. However, on the morning of the 4th of December 1982 in Melbourne (Australia), the last two words on the minds of my parents was 'Praise God!'. Their firstborn son had been born without limbs! There were no warnings or time to prepare themselves for it. The doctors were shocked and had no answers at all! There is still no medical reason why this had happened and Nick now has a Brother and Sister who were born just like any other baby. 
The whole church mourned over my birth and my parents were absolutely devastated. Everyone asked, 'if God is a God of Love, then why would He let something this bad happen to not just anyone, but dedicated Christians?' My Dad thought I wouldn't survive for very long, but tests proved that I was a healthy baby boy just with a few limbs missing. 
Understandably, my parents had strong concern and evident fears of what kind of life I'd be able to lead. God provided them strength, wisdom and courage through those early years and soon after that I was old enough to go to school. 
The law in Australia didn't allow me to be integrated into a main-stream school because of my physical disability. God did miracles and gave my Mom the strength to fight for the law to be changed. I was one of the first disabled students to be integrated into a main-stream school. 

I liked going to school, and just try to live life like everyone else, but it was in my early years of school where I encountered uncomfortable times of feeling rejected, weird and bullied because of my physical difference. It was very hard for me to get used to, but with the support of my parents, I started to develop attitudes and values which helped me overcome these challenging times. I knew that I was different but on the inside I was just like everyone else. There were many times when I felt so low that I wouldn't go to school just so I didn't have to face all the negative attention. I was encouraged by my parents to ignore them and to try start making friends by just talking with some kids. Soon the students realized that I was just like them, and starting there, God kept on blessing me with new friends. 
There were times when I felt depressed and angry because I couldn't change the way I was, or blame anyone for that matter. I went to Sunday School and learnt that God loves us all and that He cares for you. I understood that love to a point as a child, but I didn't understand that if God loved me why did He make me like this? Is it because I did something wrong? I thought I must have because out of all the kids at school, I'm the only weird one. I felt like I was a burden to those around me and the sooner I go, the better it'd be for everyone. I wanted to end my pain and end my life at a young age, but I am thankful once again, for my parents and family who were always there to comfort me and give me strength. 
Due to my emotional struggles I had experienced with bullying, self esteem and loneliness, God has implanted a passion of sharing my story and experiences to help others cope with whatever challenge they have in their life and let God turn it into a blessing. To encourage and inspire others to live to their fullest potential and not let anything get in the way of accomplishing their hopes and dreams. 
One of the first lessons that I have learnt was not to take things for granted.
'And we know that in all things God works for the best for those who love Him.'That verse spoke to my heart and convicted me to the point where that I know that there is no such thing as luck, chance or coincidence that these 'bad' things happen in our life. 
I had complete peace knowing that God won't let anything happen to us in our life unless He has a good purpose for it all. I completely gave my life to Christ at the age of fifteen after reading John 9. Jesus said that the reason the man was born blind was 'so that the works of God may be revealed through Him.' I truly believed that God would heal me so I could be a great testimony of His Awesome Power. Later on I was given the wisdom to understand that if we pray for something, if it's God's will, it'll happen in His time. If it's not God's will for it to happen, then I know that He has something better. 
I now see that Glory revealed as He is using me just the way I am and in ways others can't be used. 
I am now twenty-three years old and have completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Financial Planning and Accounting. I am also a motivational speaker and love to go out and share my story and testimony wherever opportunities become available. I have developed talks to relate to and encourage students through topics that challenge today's teenagers. I am also a speaker in the corporate sector. 
I have a passion for reaching out to youth and keep myself available for whatever God wants me to do, and wherever He leads, I follow. 

I have many dreams and goals that I have set to achieve in my life. I want to become the best witness I can be of God's Love and Hope, to become an international inspirational speaker and be used as a vessel in both Christian and non-Christian venues. I want to become financially independent by the age of 25, through real estate investments, to modify a car for me to drive and to be interviewed and share my story on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'! Writing several best-selling books has been one of my dreams and I hope to finish writing my first by the end of the year. It will be called 'No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!' 

I believe that if you have the desire and passion to do something, and if it's God's will, you will achieve it in good time. As humans, we continually put limits on ourselves for no reason at all! What's worse is putting limits on God who can do all things. We put God in a 'box'. The awesome thing about the Power of God, is that if we want to do something for God, instead of focusing on our capability, concentrate on our availability for we know that it is God through us and we can't do anything without Him. Once we make ourselves available for God's work, guess whose capabilities we rely on? God's!

May the Lord Bless you 
In Christ, 
Nick Vujicic"

(This letter from Nick Vujicic was written 6 year ago, in 2005.)

Last week my Daddy showed me a video of Nick telling his testimony, and all I could do was cry. Cry that God would forgive me for my heartlessness, for my pride, for my selfish decisions. How could I, a young lady with a sound mind and body, be content just to know that I am saved, when millions of people are dying everyday, and there is no one who is willing to tell them. No one except a young man with out arms or legs, who was considered by all to be a helpless dead weight on society! Because of Nick, hundreds maybe thousands have come to know the God of the Universe. I want to stop sitting around, I want to find out why God made me the way He did, and what His purpose for my life really is!  I want to make myself available for God to use in any way that He sees fit.

" Before I formed you in the whom I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5

" 'For My thoughts are not your thoughts ,
nor your ways My ways' says the Lord.
'For as the heavens are higher that the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.'" Isaiah 55:8-9

Monday, July 4, 2011

Why Did They Fight?

Let tyrants shake their iron rod, 
And Slav’ry clank her galling chains, 
We fear them not, we trust in God, 
New England’s God forever reigns.

Howe and Burgoyne and Clinton too, 
With Prescot and Cornwallis join’d, 
Together plot our Overthrow, 
In one Infernal league combin’d.

When God inspir’d us for the fight, 
Their ranks were broke, their lines were forc’d, 
Their ships were Shatter’d in our sight, 
Or swiftly driven from our Coast.

The Foe comes on with haughty Stride; 
Our troops advance with martial noise, 
Their Vet’rans flee before our Youth, 
And Gen’rals yield to beardless Boys.

What grateful Off’ring shall we bring? 
What shall we render to the Lord?

Loud Halleluiahs let us sing, 
And praise His name on ev’ry Chord.

by William Billings 

If the choice was yours, would you sign away your life? 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Are you a Minister?

" I am a minister. I minister to the largest mission field in the world. I minister to children.

My calling is sure. My challenge is big. My vision is clear. My desire is strong. My influence is eternal. My impact is critical. My values are solid. My faith is tough. My mission is urgent. My purpose is unmistakable. My direction is forward. My heart is genuine. My strength is supernatural. My reward is promised. And my God is real.

In a world of cynicism, I offer hope. In a world of confusion, I offer truth. In a world of immorality, I offer values. In a world of neglect, I offer attention. In a world of abuse, I offer safety. In a world of ridicule, I offer affirmation. In a world of division, I offer reconciliation. In a world of bitterness, I offer forgiveness. In a world of sin, I offer salvation. In a world of hate, I offer God's Love.

I refuse to be dismayed, disengaged, disgruntled, discouraged, or distracted. Neither will I look back, stand back, fall back, go back, or sit back. I do not need applause, flattery adulation, prestige, stature or veneration. I do not have time for business as usual, mediocre standards, small thinking, outdated methods, normal expectations, average results, ordinary ideas, petty disputes, or low vision. I will not give up, give in, bail out, lie down, turn over, quit or surrender.

I will pray when things look bad. I will pray when things look good. I will move forward when others stand still. I will trust God when obstacles arise. I will work when the task is overwhelming. I will get up when I fall down.

My calling is to reach boys and girls for God. It is too serious to be taken lightly, too urgent to be postponed, to vital to be ignored, too relevant to be overlooked, too significant to be trivialized, too eternal to be fleeting, and too passionate to be quenched.

I know my mission. I know my challenge. I also know my limitations, my weaknesses, my fears, and my problems. And I know my God. Let others get the praise. Let the church get the blessing. Let God get the glory!

I am a minister. I minister to children. This is who I am. This is what I do."

And this could be YOU-

Last week my father, 3 of my siblings, and myself, spent 8 days at a training camp in Riverside, CA, called Christian Youth In Action. During orientation the quote above was read as a challenge to the 50 CYIA students present. Together we took that challenge, and with God's help we were able to share the Good News of the gospel with 275 children during those 8 days, 89 of which believed on Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Now I pose the same challenge to you. If the Lord Jesus is your Savior, will you consecrate yourself to Him right now? Will you let Him have compete control of your life? Will you give your whole life to God to be used in any way He may choose? Will you present your body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service? Will you dare to be different from the world? Will you dare to be transformed by the renewing of your mind? Will you?

Last week I rededicated my life to God, and gave all of my aspirations in the medical field, my dream of being a mother some day, my love of books, my rights, and my future, to God. He is my Lord, the Boss of my time, talents, and treasure.

Will you be a minister? The opportunities are many. They are to serious to be taken lightly, too urgent to be postponed, to vital to be ignored, too relevant to be overlooked, too significant to be trivialized, and too eternal to be fleeting. If you would like information on CYIA or its affiliate Child Evangelism Fellowship, I would love to help you get connected. These programs span State borders and Continents alike. It doesn't matter where you live- as long as you are willing!