New dad Nick Vujicic counts his blessings
Despite the hardships Nick Vujicic faces as a sufferer of Tetra-Amelia, nothing can mask the inspirational speaker's beaming smile as he looks upon his stunning wife and newborn son.
Born with no arms or legs, Nick does not let his congenital disorder stop him from doing anything, even surprising himself sometimes.
"I definitely had doubts that I'd ever get married, that I would ever meet anybody who would love to spend the rest of their life with me. Because I am prince charming with a couple of pieces missing," Nick laughed, speaking on 60 Minutes.
Yet in the February of 2012 he married the woman of his dreams, Kanae Miyahara, and earlier this year the couple celebrated the birth of their son, Kiyoshi James.
Nick reveals in his latest book, Unstoppable, that when he met Kanae he was immediately taken by her "enchanting" beauty, kind heart and devotion to serving God.
When they were dating, Nick and Kanae remember seeing many interesting reactions from strangers. One bystander said through tears, "Now I believe in true love again."
Over the last decade, the author, motivational speaker, and director of the non-profit organisation, Life Without Limbs, has shared his life-changing message in over 39 countries, written two books, completed a commerce degree, and now enjoys being a doting father.
The path, which took Nick from hopeless and suicidal to a man, who knows that he is incredibly blessed and loved, is intertwined with knowing Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.
"In my early years of school I encountered uncomfortable times of feeling rejected, weird and bullied because of my physical differences," Nick remembers.
"I went to Sunday School and learnt that God loves us all and that He cares for you.
"As a child I understood that love up to a point, 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 felt like I was a burden to those around me and the sooner I go, the better it would be for everyone."
Many lessons were yet to come. Nick says that one of the first was not taking things for granted.
"I had that wake-up call around the age of twelve and realised just how much I was blessed with.
"I take my foot for granted [which enables him to jump around], my family and the fact that I wasn't born in a third world country — all blessings that God had freely given — and I still complain?"
Two Bible verses spoke clearly to him. One was Romans chapter 8, verse 28, which says "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 I realised that there is no such thing as luck, chance or coincidence and that 'bad' things happen in our life," says Nick.
The other was James chapter 1, verses 3-4; "Know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Nick continues, "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."
With his affectionately named "drumstick" foot, Nick says he can take care of his teeth, hair and dress himself, swim and type 40 words per minute.
All his life experiences and understanding came to a head at age 15, when he prayed to Jesus Christ, believing that He died on the cross and rose again to provide him complete forgiveness for his wrong doing and an eternal relationship with God.
"I completely gave my life to Christ after reading John chapter 9 in the Bible. Jesus said that the reason a certain 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 God is being honoured as He is using me just the way I am and in ways others can't be used."
Nick is now 30 years old and has toured the world, sharing from his life and challenging relevant topics, in many venues such as schools, public meetings, churches and corporate meetings.
"I have a passion for reaching out to youth and keep myself available for whatever God wants me to do," he says.
One of Nick's favourite Bible verses is from Philippians chapter 4, verse 13; "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."?
To find out more about Nick visit: www.LifeWithoutLimbs.org