I just finished reading another inspiring book- this one even better than the last! It’s unusual for me to have read two good books in the last two weeks. In fact, its unusual for me to have read two books in the last two months! This is an added blessing of summer vacation time away from home. I’m too busy at home swimming, biking, running, cooking, cleaning, parenting, etc, etc. I don’t get around to reading much, especially in the summer. But I am SO glad I read this one. I think it ranks in my top 5 books ever!
The book is Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic, an Australian who was born with no arms and no legs. He is a motivational speaker who travels the world encouraging people to persevere through adversity. He quickly commands the attention of his audiences with his obvious physical disability but his amazingly positive perspective on life. He subtitles his book, “Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life”. In it, Nick gives his prescription for a life without limits, including a powerful sense of purpose, faith in God and infinite possibilities, a courageous spirit, and a mission to serve others first.
Nick’s ridiculously good life includes not only travelling the world, but also swimming, surfing, scuba diving, playing golf, fishing, riding airport luggage carousels, and hiding out in airplane carry on cabinets just to make the next person laugh! His book will keep you laughing and crying as it inspires you to look at your own life and your own faith and what God can do through you. I was challenged in many, many ways.
The chapter that spoke to my heart was the one about serving others. As a wife, mom, and the director of Team Orphans, it seems like I’m always serving others. As much as I love what I do, it sometimes gets wearisome. I was inspired to continue day after day, investing my time and energy to help not only my own children but also the millions of children who have yet to experience the joy of a family. Here is Nick’s perspective in chapter 12: Make Giving Your Mission. “When I was growing up and sometimes tortured over my circumstances and my future, the one action other than prayer that seemed to bring me relief was to reach out and do something for another person. The more I dwelled on my own challenges, the worse I felt, but when I changed my focus to serving the needs of someone else, it lifted my spirits and helped me understand that no one suffers alone. Whether you have a lot or a little to offer, just remember that small acts of kindness can be just as powerful as big donations. If you make a difference in just one life, you’ve done a great service, because simple kindness can start a chain reaction of similar actions, resulting in your effort’s initial results becoming magnified many times.”
So if you need a quick boost or a new perspective on your life, find a comfy chair, grab Life Without Limits. I think you’ll get what you need. Or, take just 13 minutes and watch this video. You’ll see that Nick truly does have a ridiculously good life! What’s stopping you?