Sitting at the farthest end of the coliseum, I found myself stuck on my seat and my mouth opened as the little man was carried to the stage. With a firm yet cheerful voice, he said, “Hi everyone!”
“Oh my God, he is real!”
I read articles about him and watched his videos, but that Friday night was a night to remember. It was my first time to see and hear Nick Vujicic in person. I grabbed my notebook and pen. My hands were excited to stroke down the learnings and ‘quotable quotes’ from him. Before his talk, Francis Kong shared about finding purpose and Jesus in our work, and one page was not enough to write down all his insights. So I braced myself (and my hands) as Nick started to share.
While he was sharing his life story, his ups and downs, one question popped up in my mind, “What am I doing with my life?” This guy has a disability, with no arms and limbs, yet he can surf, swim, paint, and play golf. He gives thousand talks to people from various walks of life to share hope and God’s love to those who need to hear it. But here I am, with complete body parts yet throwing hundreds of excuses to myself. “What am I doing with my life?”
I scanned my notes from Nick, ironically and surprisingly, I found out that I wrote only a one-liner sentence:
“Every time I get a NO, I get better and better.” -NICK VUJICIC
Maybe this is what God wants to tell me from Nick’s life. Maybe, just maybe, this is also what God wants to tell you…“Hey, child! Every time you get a NO, you get better and better.”
What are the recent NO’s in your life?
A “NO” from a client?
A “NO” from the woman or man you love?
A “NO” from your boss?
Or a “NO” from God?
These “NOs” are painful and this could be an understatement. But God knows the pain, too. His “NOs” are countless. The worst thing is those rejections came from us. But just like Nick, God didn’t stop at one, two or three “NOs”. Because every time we scrap God out of the picture, God still pursues us. God knows that we are worth of all his “NOs”.
Same way with us, when life throws us “NO”, let’s hold on to our “YES”. Easier said than done, but Nick has done it. He may have the sensible excuses but these don’t stop him from pursuing God’s purpose in his life.
Good job, dear! We are getting better and better!