Here are my comments on the book:
How is there incredible power of faith in action? Nick Vujicic, Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs, states that in order to achieve greatness, one must have faith/belief in oneself. Despite how bad you think your circumstances are, you can always achieve your goals as long as you believe and act upon them. Growing up, Nick Vujicic definitely had his share of challenges and down moments but despite being born with no limbs, he decided that his condition wouldn’t stop him from living life to the fullest. His story is quite motivational and makes you question why you’re not achieving more than you currently are.
Throughout the book Nick cites several verses and passages from the bible and how his faith in God is helping him spread his message of the power of belief. Although I’m not religious, Nick uses the verses, quotes, and anecdotes effectively and wisely to strongly support his opinions and thoughts. For those of you who are religious, I believe that you’ll find this book, along with his other book Life Without Limits (which in my opinion is better than this one), an enjoyable read. Even if you’re not religious, I still believe that you’ll get great value from this book as Nick makes a compelling argument that your life will get better but only if you allow it to. As there are a lot of references to the bible and since I’m not religious, I feel that it’s not appropriate for me to comment on something I don’t know much about. However, here are some of the points to the book that I thought were very inspirational:
1. “You can believe in your dreams, but you have to take action to make them happen. You can believe in your talents and a good and caring person, but if you don’t treat others with goodness and care, where is the proof? You have a choice. You can believe or not believe. But if you believe— whatever you believe—you must act upon it. Otherwise, why believe? You may have had challenges in your career, your relationships, or your health. Maybe you have been mistreated, abused, or discriminated against. All those things that have happened to you do define you or your life if you fail to take action to define yourself. You can believe in your talents. You can believe that you have love to give. You can believe that you can overcome your illness or disability. But that belief on its own won’t bring positive change in your life. You must put it into action. If you believe you can change your life for the better or make a positive mark in your town or your state or your world, act upon those beliefs. If you think you have a great idea for starting your own business, you must invest your time, money, and talents and make that business happen. Otherwise, what good is just having the idea? If you have identified someone whom you’d like to spend the rest of your life with, why not act upon that belief? What have you got to lose?“
2. “Having faith in yourself and your abilities is critical, but you must also have patience, humility, and the understanding that you cannot do anything without the help of others and, in the end, all credit goes to God. Nothing will bring you down faster than living without purpose or losing track of whatever you are most passionate about: the gift that gives you joy and makes your life meaningful. I lost track of my purpose to inspire and encourage others while spreading the message of faith. I was trying to do too many other things to build my business and charity. When I strayed from my true purpose, it was as if someone unplugged my power cord. If you feel yourself sliding into despair, drained of energy, and depleted of faith, ask yourself, What matters most to me? What gives me joy? What drives me and gives my life meaning? How can I get back to that? You and I were put on this earth to serve something greater than our narrow interests. When our focus becomes self-centered instead of God-centered, we lose our greatest source of power. Our God-given talents are meant to benefit others. When we use them for that greater purpose, we put faith into action to fulfill His plan for us. We make a difference in this world that helps prepare us for the next.“
3. “As I noted in chapter 1 , there was a time early in my life when I felt that if I really was a child of God, I must have been the one child He did not love. I could not understand why a loving God would create me without arms and legs. I even thought God was punishing me or that He must have hated me. Why else would He make me so different from most other people? I wondered also why God would create a child who would be a burden to good angry. I could not accept that He loved me until I realized that everything He does has a purpose. I read a Bible passage in which God used a blind man to teach a lesson. He healed his blindness ‘that the works of God should be revealed in him.’ In reading that passage in John 9, I had a revelation. If God had a purpose for a blind man, He must have one for me too. I found God’s purpose for me over time, and I realized that I am indeed a beloved child of God, even if He didn’t give me arms and legs. The same holds true for you. I had issues. You may have your own. You may have insecurities and imperfections. Don’t we all? You may not understand what God has in mind for you. I certainly didn’t for the longest time, but when I read of the blind man in the Bible, I put my faith into action. I saw that God had a purpose for the sightless man. I was blind to my own purpose, but my faith allowed me to accept that one day I would find the path God had laid out for me. The Bible says whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. Know that you are God’s creation and that He loves you just as He loves all who stay in faith.“
4. “You’ll know you’ve found a passion when your talents, knowledge, energy, focus, and commitment all come together in a way that excites you like a child with a favorite game or toy. Your work and pleasure become one do becomes part of who you are, and the rewards that come to you are far less satisfying than those that come to others because of you. Your passion leads you to your purpose, and both are activated when you put your faith in your gifts and share them with the world. You are custom-made for your purpose, just as I am for mine. Every part of you—from your mental, physical, and spiritual strengths to your unique package of talents and experiences—is designed to fulfill that gift. You put your faith in action by following your passion, defining your purpose, and building your life around developing and using your gifts to their fullest. What drives you? What makes you excited about each day? What would you do for free just to be doing it? What would you never want to retire from doing? Is there something that you would give up everything else for—all your material possessions and comforts—just to do because you feel so good doing it?“
5. I’ve always believed that God will put us through challenges to strengthen us. In recent years researchers in health psychology have found support for this in studies of people who’ve experienced severe stress and trauma across a wide range, from life-threatening illnesses to catastrophic events to the loss of loved ones. While you often hear about posttraumatic stress, psychologists have also found that those who deal successfully with health challenges can experience posttraumatic or adversarial growth . Researchers found that many who successfully deal with physical adversity actually grow in positive ways: They realize they are stronger than they thought, and they tend to recover more quickly from future challenges. They discover who truly cares about them, and those relationships grow stronger. They put greater value on each day and on the good things in their lives. They become stronger spiritually.“
6. “My attempted suicide around the age of ten ended when my perspective shifted from my own despair to the emotional pain taking my life would cause my family and other loved ones. That shift, from myself to those I cared most about, took me off the path of self-destruction and sent me on a walk of faith. Your actions impact others. Consider how your self-destructive actions might affect those who love you, those who look up to you, and those who rely on you. Darren wrote to our website saying he’d lost his job and a relationship and he’d experienced a financial crisis in just one year. Thoughts of suicide battered him night and day. He’d fought the negative self-destructive thoughts by watching my videos and by thinking about his children. ‘I could not bear the thought of my kids growing up without me,’ he wrote. He realized that every life is marked by struggles, ‘but all you have to do is pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and know that life is good and will go on.’ Now, maybe you feel that no one cares about you. All I can say is that the One who created you cares so much that He has brought you this far. Don’t you want to see where the rest of the path leads? You may not have a strong spiritual background. You may not consider yourself a Christian. But as long as you are living and breathing, there is a possibility of better days ahead. As long as that possibility exists, you can put your faith in it and go from there, one day at a time. Do you fear I’m offering you false hope? Consider that I’m writing this, my second book, without benefit of arms or legs! And consider, too, that I’m writing this as someone who just eighteen years ago tried to take his own life. Yet, today, I am incredibly blessed as a twenty-nine-year-old man who travels the world to speak to millions of people, a man surrounded by love.“
7. “The law expert then asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’ Jesus responded by offering the renowned story of the good Samaritan in which a traveler was robbed, beaten, and left for dead on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Two people passed by without offering any help, but a third man, who was from Samaria, went to his aid. The Samaritan treated and bound the victim’s wounds, put him on his donkey, and took him to a hotel where he cared for him. Before leaving the recovering traveler, the Samaritan also gave him money and promised to return to check on him. After telling this story, Jesus asked the law expert which of the three passersby was a true neighbor to the robbery victim and he replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ To that Jesus replied, ‘Go and do likewise.’ I urge you to do likewise. The Bible also instructs us, ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’ This is known as the Golden Rule, and it is one of the most basic principles of Christian living. It goes hand in hand with the commandment ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ and with the assurance that as we treat others, God will treat us likewise.“
8. “You and I should not live with the expectations that happiness will come some day after we accomplish some goal or acquire some thing. Happiness should be available to you in each moment, and the way to access it is to live in balance spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. One way to determine the balance that works for you is to look toward the end of your life and then live so that you will have no regrets when you arrive there. The idea is to create a clear image of the type of person you want to be as you age and the mark you hope to make, so that every step of your journey takes you closer to where you want to arrive. I believe if you create the life you want in your imagination, it is possible to create it in reality minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day. Instead of a business plan or a house plan, consider this your life plan. Some advise that the way to do this is to think about your own funeral and ponder what you would want your family and friends to say about you, your character, your accomplishments, and how you impacted their lives. Maybe that works for you, but I don’t like to think about leaving my loved ones behind—even if I’m going to be with God in heaven.“
By Ryan Timothy Lee
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