Broken outside but whole within

Nick Vujicic
Australian preacher and motivational speaker Nick Vujicic displays his “chicken foot” and his humour to an audience during his public lecture at Zhengzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center in 2012 in China. (Photo VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Nick Vujicic knows intimately what it is to feel different and rejected. He was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, an extremely rare disorder that leaves a person without fully formed limbs. Nick has no legs just, what he calls, a "chicken foot", and no arms.

"It was so hard to be strong when people constantly told me, 'You are not good enough. Go away. We do not want anything to do with you,'" Nick remembers sadly.

Nick was born in Melbourne, Australia, to two Christian Serbian immigrants from Yugoslavia.

"My dad said that his head was next to my mum's as I was being born," Nick told The 700 Club. "He saw my shoulder and that I had no right arm. He had to leave the room because he could not believe what he had seen. The doctor came in, and my dad said, 'My son has no right arm.' [The doctor] replied, 'No, your son has no arms or legs.' My Dad nearly fell on the floor.

"At first, my mum did not want to hold me or breastfeed me. She just felt very uncomfortable for the first four months. It took her and Dad quite a while before they could trust in God that He did not make a mistake; that He did not forget them or me."

Nick's parents handed their fear about their son's disability over to the Lord Jesus, choosing to trust Him and His promise that He had a plan and a purpose. However, as the years passed, Nick, on the other hand, had difficulty trusting in a God that he felt had given him less.

"I challenged God," Nick recalls. "I said, 'God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I will not have peace until You are in my heart. But I will not let You into my heart until You answer me, why? Why did you take my arms and legs? Why didn't You give me what everybody else has? God, until You answer that question, I will not serve You.'"

“Why didn’t
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One day, at the age of eight, Nick decided to end it all. "If God was not going to end my pain, I was going to end it myself," he says.

Nick tried to drown himself in a bathtub filled with four inches of water, but he couldn't do it. "The thought that stopped me from going through with it was the love I had for my parents. I loved them so much, and all they did was love me. I pictured my funeral. I pictured my parents, and all I saw was guilt on their shoulders that they could not have done more."

One day, when he was 15, Nick's mother had him read an article about a severely disabled man, which had a great impact on his life. She told him, "Nick, God's going to use you. I do not know how. I do not know when, but God's going to use you."

"I have a choice," Nick says, "to either be angry at God for what I do not have or be thankful for what I do have. That's when I started seeing that there is no point in being complete on the outside when you are broken on the inside. I found out that God can heal you without changing your circumstance.

"So I gave my life to Jesus Christ. In the Bible, I read through the ninth chapter of the Gospel of John. It was about this man who was blind from birth. People asked Jesus, when He saw him, 'Why was this man born that way?' Jesus answered, 'It was done so that the works of God may be revealed through him.'

"I believe God breathed life and faith into me," Nick shares excitedly. "This peace came over me. I felt like God answered my question that I had been waiting for. The question I had asked was: 'Why did you make me this way?' The answer was: 'Do you trust Me?' When you say yes to that question, nothing else matters. There was nothing else I could find. There was nothing else that could give me peace. I knew arms and legs would not give me peace anyway. I need to know the truth of who I am, why I am here and where I am going when I am not here. I have not found that truth anywhere else but in Jesus Christ."

By the age of 19, Nick started reaching out to others and bringing them the Gospel of Jesus, through sharing his own story about how God has changed his life and given him a hope and a future.

In the last decade, Nick has shared his testimony [personal story] in 24 countries to over three million people. He is the founding president and CEO of the non-profit organisation and ministry, Life Without Limbs. He has also written an autobiographical book, Life Without Limits, on how his faith in God has helped him to find his own sense of purpose.

Nick is married to Kanae and together they've had four children, Kiyoshi, Dejan and identical twins, Olivia and Ellie.

Nick Vujicic and family
Nick Vujicic and his wife Kanae, with their eldest two children.
Nick Vujicic and family
Nick Vujicic and his wife Kanae, with their eldest two children.

"I want to look right at you and tell you that God loves you," Nick concludes. "He has not forgotten your pain. He has not forgotten your family. Maybe you're comparing your sufferings to my suffering, but that is not where hope is. Hope is in the name of God, the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hope is when you compare your suffering to the infinite, immeasurable love and grace of God!

"Isaiah 40, verse 31 says, 'Those who wait upon the Lord, who renew their strength, shall mount up on wings as eagles.' I do not need my circumstance to change. I do not need arms and legs. I need the wings of the Holy Spirit. I am flying, because I know Jesus is holding me up.

"Don't give up on God, because God will not give up on you."

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