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September 2008

 

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Note From Erik:

Check out these pictures. Your eyes aren't deceiving you. This man, Nick Vujicic was born with no arms and no legs. I met him last week; he came to speak to our church. I was so blown away, that I went to two services so I could hear him twice. I cried just as much at the second service. Nick truly lives above the line, and he inspired me to live even higher above the line! Get your Kleenex out!

Nick Nick

To Living Above the Line,

Erik

Above The Line Article:

"No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!"

By Erik Carlson

What would you expect a man to share in a talk; that was told he would never walk, write, type, or live a productive life due to having no arms and no legs?  I had my ideas, too, but I wasn't prepared to hear what I heard.

With his two toes extending from his shorts, Nick Vujacic can type 42 words a minute, he can swim, surf, drive, has a college degree, and at only 25 years of age, he runs a multinational non-profit organization.  In the first words that came from his mouth, he said "I'm not here to tell you 'woe is me', and 'here's what I have to overcome each day'.  No, I'm telling you that at the end of my talk, you will be jealous of a man with no arms and no legs."

He was right.  He was bold coming out of the blocks.  His big idea, or theme to his talk was that 'when circumstances in your life don't change, and God doesn't make sense, Hold on to the Truth.  Hold onto Jesus, and He will set you free.  Free from worry, free from guilt".  He said "what I thought I needed was arms and legs.  What I truly needed was God's love.  His grace is perfected in weakness."

I encourage you to visit his website to see and hear more:  www.lifewithoutlimbs.org, as I can't do justice in one column, what this man had to offer.  But I was touched personally the most when this man, who was basically a head and torso 'standing' on a platform, allowed himself to fall down.  I thought 'how on earth will he be able to get up?'.  While he was down on his stomach, he looked up to the crowd and said "victory is not getting up when you fall, or beating that addiction; victory is knowing that you can't do it on your own.  Victory is when you let Jesus set you free."  Then he propped his forehead on a bible that was resting on the platform, and inched his body into an arc.  With a grunt, slightly out of balance, he popped back up to 'standing'.  The place went nuts, and tears flowed freely.

What I found myself jealous of was Nick's freedom from worry and guilt.  I know more than ever, that I can have that, too.  As I grow in my faith in Jesus, I am excited to experience freedom from these joy-steelers, and live the life I was truly meant to live. Thanks, Nick.

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About Erik Carlson:

Erik Carlson is a sought after speaker and entertainer. His keynote topics blend the experiences and wisdom from his successful business career, and couples it with side splitting comedy magic that will leave your audience astonished and inspired.

Erik is the author and creator of his pathfinder self study course which is a step-by-step roadmap to discovering true prosperity in your career.

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