May 22, 2013

Quotes: Nick Vujicic in Manila

Born without arms and legs, God is using Nick Vujicic to touch people otherwise crippled by fear and hopelessness. Two days ago I was blessed to hear this amazing man live in Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Here are the snippets I managed to write down. May you be inspired and encouraged as I am. :)

  • Put your faith in action.
  • Courage means doing something even if you fail.
  • You don't need courage to win, you need courage to fail.
  • F.E.A.R. --- False Evidence Apparently Real
  • F.A.I.T.H. --- Full Assurance In The Heart (of the Truth)
  • Courage starts with purpose.
  • You can have arms and legs and not know what to do with them.
  • Try again.
  • Failure = Education. (Teci: In direct contrast to today's mainstream educational system)
  • Never give up!
  • Don't believe you're a failure:
    • Thomas Edison invented the light bulb after 10,000 tries. He didn't see himself fail 9,999 times. Instead, he just learned 9,999 ways to not make a light bulb.
    • Nick himself contacted 52 schools and got rejected before being accepted to his first speaking engagement. Now he has to say "No" to 28,000 speaking invitations.
  • The bigger the dream, the bigger the opposition.
  • Was that a failure? Yes. Was I a failure? No. Try again.
  • Obstacles = Opportunities.
  • We have storms and clouds but it's always sunny above the clouds.
  • Sometimes you may have a dream that has to die, but don't let it kill you.
  • Take steps, no matter how small, towards the right direction.
  • Be thankful: See what you've been blessed with!
  • My circumstances didn't change; my heart did.
  • If you're not happy single, you won't be happy married!
  • I'm happy today because I'm thankful for the things I do have.
  • Fame, fortune, sex, drugs, gangs, being in the cool group... Happiness is not in those things. Love is what you're looking for.
  • Life is not just about success. At the top of the mountain it could get very lonely. Build each other up in love.
  • When Nick was a boy, he wanted to see someone who was like him, with no arms and legs. Sadly, that wish was never fulfilled. But now as a speaker he once met a child with the same condition as him. The boy looked at him and knew that he himself can be happy and okay.
  • You can be a miracle to someone right now.
  • Australians helping Australians... Filipinos helping Filipinos.
  • What are the three greatest/dearest things in your life right now?
  • Who have you not forgiven yet?
  • At 19, Nick had his first speaking engagement: the first time he had compassion on a group of complete strangers, 300 teenagers.
  • A teenager asked if she could interrupt Nick's talk because she wanted to hug him. She whispered, "Nobody has ever told me that they love me. Nobody has ever told me I'm beautiful."
  • Nick got home, realizing what he wanted to do for the rest of his life: He wanted to be a speaker.
  • My parents constantly planted seeds of love and hope and truth. If parents don't do that to their children, who will?
  • You are beautiful just the way you are.
  • Life without limits... Unstoppable... Limitless
  • Unconditional love
  • Don't take any day for granted.
  • Dream big.
  • You can't buy hope.
  • Faith as first. Faith as last.

Nick Vujicic is the author of Your Life Without Limits, Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action, and Limitless: Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life. He also encourages Christians to never miss an opportunity to share the Good News in this article.