Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Lesson in Gratitude

Oh, I say the measure of a man
Is not how tall you stand
How wealthy or intelligent you are.
'Cause I found out the measure of a man
God knows and understand
For He looks inside to the bottom of your heart.
And what's in the heart defines
The measure of a man.

That's the chorus of one of my favorite songs: The Measure Of A Man by 4Him. The lyrics have always resonated with me, but it wasn't until a friend emailed me a clip of Nick Vujicic that I saw someone who personified them. Last month during Sunday school, when I was teaching my college students about gratitude, I brought up his story:

He’s a 29-year-old Australian preacher and motivational speaker. At the age of 17 he started his own non-profit organization. He’s addressed over three million people in 25 countries. In 2005, he was nominated for the “Young Australian of the Year” Award. In 2009, he starred in a short film called “The Butterfly Circus” which won the first ever Clint Eastwood Filmmaker Award and for which Nick received Best Actor at a film festival. In 2010, he put out his first book, which became a best seller. And all this from a man who was born without arms or legs...

He contemplated suicide at eight years old. And at 10, he tried to drown himself, but he said that his love for his parents prevented him from going through with it. For a while he prayed for God to allow him to grow arms and legs, but soon came to the realization that his accomplishments could inspire others. In one of his speeches he said, “If you’re praying for a miracle, if God doesn’t give you the miracle; you will be the miracle for someone else.”

In the above video, Nick mentioned his desire to be married. Well, on February 12th of this year that dream came true when he tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Kanae Miyahara.

and God bless.
(From the Ratish Naroor Photography web site)