Nick Vujicic is a person born without arms and legs. In the eyes of the world, he is considered “useless.” He, too, had to deal with depression, anger, and resentment. He, too, prayed with faith that the Lord would give him arms and legs. What the Lord gave him instead was hope.
One day, he asked himself, could he go on and on and live with this negative emotion with what he does not have, or could he be hopeful and thankful for what he has? This was the spark that he needed in life.
Today he is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers and Christian preachers in the world. He spoke to millions of people offering them something very important in life – HOPE!
Where does this hope come from?
In St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that to deal with the many anxieties and worries in life, we need hope. Three reasons why God is the source of hope:
- With God, nothing is impossible. Jesus reminds us that we cannot have two masters – God and mammon. Experience tells us that while money is very important, it is limited. It comes and it goes. It, too, loses value. With God though, there is no “expiry” and everything is possible.
- God has a plan. As human beings, we are always trying to figure out life. The problem is, we are limited. Let us not forget that God is the author of life, and the reason we are here on earth is that the Lord has a plan. If only we are faithful to the plan of God, we realize that we will not be wanting. When the Lord calls, he will surely provide.
- God is Good. Often we forget to count our blessings. Either we are busy counting other people’s blessings or busy living in the past or in the future. If only we live for today, we realize the many blessings of God.
That is why life is like the weather. Sometimes it is sunny and bright; other times it is dark and stormy. Hence, let us always live with hope. The best way to deepen that hope is through prayer.