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[ 2007-7-22 8:28:00 | By: HUANG45 ]

我看完Nick Vujicic的短片后就转给大女儿看,记得她看得眼泪汪汪.我知道她很受感动,于是她写下下面的文字来表述她的RESPONSE.

 

 

Salt of the World

By CJ

Joni Erickson Tada, founder of Joni and Friends, an international disability centre said, “People with disabilities are God’s best visual aids to demonstrate who He really is. His power shows up best in weakness. And who by the world’s standards is weaker than the mentally or physically disabled?”

“As the world watches, these people persevere. They live, love, trust and obey Him. Eventually the world is forced to say, ‘How great their God must be to inspire this kind of loyalty.’”

How great is our God indeed. A true champion of his situation, this man trusted God to lead him through. This man believed in God’s grace to heal hearts. This man fully experienced God’s love, and cannot be held back from sharing that love with the world. His name is Nick Vujicic. Even through the toughest situations, life does go on. In these difficult situations, one could choose one of two paths: choosing to be bitter and angry at everything, or choosing to rejoice and learn.

Nick chose the second choice. He took his unfortunate circumstance, and he turned it into an opportunity to glorify the Almighty God. He chose to turn a situation of defeat and surrendering into a victory for the Creator of the heavens and the earth.

Nick was born in Melbourne, Australia on December 4, 1982. His mother, a nurse, had taken all the appropriate health precautionary measures during the pregnancy. However, when Nick was born, he was born without arms and legs, or limbs.

His family history eliminated the possibility of a malfunctioning gene. For a period of three months, Nick’s mother and father went through a period of sadness and questions. “Why had God given them a baby without limbs?” “How is the baby going to survive?” With the prayers and support of the church congregation that Nick’s father shepherded, their anxiety was given to God. They began to concentrate on developing Nick, body, soul and mind.

Because of bullying during the preteen years, Nick was once suicidal. He couldn’t understand why a loving God would allow his disability to happen. He blamed God for the pain that he had to suffer. Fortunately, his loving family was able to support him through that difficult time.

Today, Nick is twenty-four years old and serving God through his ministry “Life Without Limbs.” He holds a bachelor of commerce with a double major of Financial Planning and Accounting. He travels all over the world, encouraging others with his testimony of God’s love for him.

One of Nick’s mottos is, “From Life without Limbs to Life without Limits.” He lived out this motto by learning to do things that “normal” people could do: swimming, typing at 45 words per minute, waking up, personal hygiene, go to university, and more.

His quest for independence has led him to conquer the taboos of someone with his physical limitations. His various achievements that defied the limitations that he had are remarkable. Above all, he retributes his thriving thirst for life to his faith in Jesus Christ. The root of his faith was established when he was fifteen years old. He read John 9, which is the story of a blind man gaining vision. Jesus’ reason for the blindness of the man was “so that the works of God may be revealed through Him.” (John 9:3) He believes that his purpose is similar. He says, “I now see that Glory revealed as He is using me just the way I am and in ways others can’t be used.” His amazing story of finding light in times of adversity has encouraged thousands in the world.

His life clearly demonstrates that anything can be accomplished for Jesus Christ. At the moment of his birth, Nick’s parents and the hospital staff had little hope for his future; they did not even know whether he would survive the night.

But Nick is a living testimony today to God’s power in individuals. His passion and yearning to serve God combined with God’s blessing has allowed him to share his story with thousands and thousands worldwide. He sees God as a “large” God: one who does not have limitations, who can use every and any situation for his eternal glory. He knows his many limitations, but fully lives out his life according to this verse: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) It is because Jesus’ yoke is lighter that he can do so many things. Because Jesus’ yoke is lighter than the one from the world, Nick can achieve those wonderful things for God, all the while having a paralyzing disability.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the best for those who love Him.” In the lives of those who love God, he will always use every scenario, bad or good, to do good. Think of every roadblock in your life as something that God could attain eternal glory from – now that’s a thought!

He has promised us so much more. In Jeremiah 29, the Lord declares, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

What a wonderful God! Although we will encounter mountains and valleys throughout our lives, his plan for us is to prosper us through the journey. We may encounter fiery trials and temptations, but he promises that they will not harm us. Instead, they will be the stepping-stones to a wonderful future.

James 1:2-4 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, whenever you fall into various trials, knowing that the proving of your faith, works out endurance. And let endurance have its perfect work so that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.”

We should face every trial, every roadblock, every temptation, every painful experience with joy. It will not be easy, but God has already given us everything we need to attain joy. He will place people in our lives that encourage us to spur on in our “race,” as Paul would call it in Philippians 3:14.

That’s why Nick’s life is so extraordinary. He is such an inspiration and role model to all. Often in our lives, small and trivial things cause us great grief. The grief grows to bitterness, and we begin to doubt our faith in Christ, our Lord.

Nick’s circumstance is beyond my imagination. His endurance during his situation is more than I could be capable of. Had I been the one who was “without limbs,” it would be a bitter and difficult journey to the empowered person he is today.

He was able to recognize that his strength to deal with his situation was not from his own power. He even quotes Philippians 4:13, in which Paul says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” One of the reasons why we often feel overwhelmed with our situations is because we do not give our burdens to Jesus. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus offers, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.” Jesus offers to take our burdens and give us rest. Nick took Jesus up on his offer, and he found rest beyond compare.

Nick and his family have demonstrated incredible strength under such extraordinary circumstances. Firstly, many parents who have disabled children would describe child-raising as “one of the most difficult things that they’ve ever done.” They had incredible perseverance, teaching Nick how to live independently and adapting to society in his own way. However, even though raising disabled children is extremely difficult and tedious, most parents would conclude that it was “fulfilling and rewarding to the human soul.”

Christ first loved them, so they were able to transfer the incredible and unconditional love to their child, Nick. It was probably a very rocky road for these parents, but their strength was not earthly. Isaiah describes this phenomenon in Isaiah 40, where he observes that, “even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Strength that poured from God’s outreached hand reached Nick’s parents, giving them encouragement as they cared for Nick.

God also gave them contentment in their situation. It is so hard to appreciate the beautiful things in life when we are faced with excruciatingly painful circumstances. Paul demonstrates contentment in Philippians, when he says, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” (Philippians 4:11-12)

Nick also demonstrates exceptional courage. His stance for Christ and God’s love takes an incredible amount of guts and bravery. He not only shares it with his family, church, or country, but he shares it internationally, giving hope to the nations.

He is living out Jesus’ Great Commission, found in Matthew 28. Jesus commanded us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Nick, without arms and legs, is travelling around the world and making a difference for Jesus Christ. It is humbling to see the way that God could use a person, if they were available to him.

Often, in our lives with four limbs, other things distract us. Other things distract us because we think we do not need God in our lives. We think that, because of the multitude of material things in this world, we can depend on them to survive. Nick, however, knows the reality. He knows that we need to depend on God for every breath that we take, every sunrise, every raindrop – every aspect of our lives. His reliance of Jesus Christ has brought him closer to God’s own heart.

He fully trusts that God has brought him to the situation that he is in today. He knows that God is a good, loving God who gives his children only good things. Jesus says, “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

God will one day “wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) Along with the tears, God will restore his soul, so that his earthly body will be insignificant compared to his spirit.

Paul says, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” (Philippians 3:7) Nick would understand this well. It would have been to his gain to have arms and legs, but it would have diminished his service for Jesus Christ.

As one source describing him says, “Nick Vujicic doesn’t need arms and legs to make a big splash.” They were describing his ability to swim, but I feel that this describes another aspect of his life perfectly as well.

Nick, someone without arms and legs, has reached out a metaphorical hand to more people than most twenty-year-olds. His arms have comforted many people, and have brought them God’s hope. His feet have taken him to far-off places to spread the news of God’s grace.

Nick Vujicic does not have arms and legs. However, his actions have made a big splash in this world.

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14)

Nick Vujicic的短片

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