Two weeks ago I had the joy of watching Nick Vujicic speak to the congregation at the new church building of Christ Commission Fellowship. I attend the satellite church, a 5 minute walk from my home, where his message was streamed through video.
I think God likes to play jokes on me just to show me he has a sense of humor and to remind me that I need to keep mine on at all times…I had heard of Nick a few years ago and wanted to see him in person and listen to him speak. He was here in the country for some seminars in mid-May and we were offered discounted tickets to listen to him. However, the cheaper tickets were for the overflow rooms where we can see him only through video. The pricier tickets had been sold out months before he arrived. I lost interest and decided not to go.
Imagine my surprise when we got to watch him from our own pulpit, albeit via video, about 4 hours after he preached at the main church. I didn’t have to spend a dime, or sentimo in my case, to be inspired by his story. Told you God can be funny at times…
The message Nick shared to the congregation is in the video below. It’s quite long, about an hour, so you may need to grab a cup of coffee and settle yourself in your favorite chair before watching it. It’s also not in the usual HD quality that our church produces but you can clearly see Nick and hear him, and that’s basically all that matters.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Nick Vujicic, he’s a thirty-something man who was born without arms and legs. He grew up with the taunting, hurt and rejection that being differently-abled brings. He became depressed and wanted to commit suicide when he was younger. He also doubted God for some time but eventually returned to the God who had made him and loved him before time began.
His faith story is similar to mine, except for the missing appendages, the fact that he’s a man and much much richer than I am… His journey is probably similar to that of some of you as well. But now God is using him to inspire other folk around the world to have the kind of JOY that can only be found in Jesus whatever their circumstances.
Be ready to be inspired…please listen to Nick’s story:
This post is my contribution to the weekly Blogging Through The Alphabet link-up hosted by Marcy Crabtree at www.benandme.com. This week’s letter is J and my post is titled J for Joy.