Motivational Speaker Nick Vujicic Waited Until MarriageMarch 24th, 2013 by WTM.org Community
Nick Vujicic hasn’t let a little thing like having no arms and no legs stop him from achieving his dreams. His life story has inspired millions of young people all over the world. A Christian evangelist, star of the award-winning short film The Butterfly Circus, and director of his own non-profit organisation, Nick is also a successful waiter-till-marriage.
Quotes about waiting and marriage…
From Nick’s 2010 DVD No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!…
The choices are yours…I made a choice to keep my virginity until I’m married…Because it’s proof beyond words that my wife was worth waiting for.
I want to talk about my wife. I’m not married. I don’t know who my wife is yet. Right? That’s okay. I know she’s coming. That’s fine. She’s coming.
How he met his wife…
My wife Kanae and I fell in love at the top of a Bell Tower in McKinney, Texas at the “Adriatica.” […] Fireworks were in our minds and hearts when our eyes connected that night… and for the rest of the story, get the book.
Nick on Kanae…
She is my best friend, and I adore her. She has unimaginable grace, love, patience and meekness. She is such a focused and gentle giver. We are hoping to have children in a few years, but you never know what the Lord wants.
Kanae on Nick…
To me it wasn’t any different falling in love with Nick, I fell in love with him the way he is now. Because I had dated other guys and I had gone for the physical, and you know, but I was tired of that, and the moment I met Nick I was looking for other things, and all those things I found them in him. So that’s when I felt like wow, he’s not only boyfriend material, but he’s like – he could be my husband.
Interesting facts about Nick…
- Nick proposed to Kanae on a yacht in Santa Barbara in 2011. He used his mouth to put the ring on her finger.
- Nick’s condition is called Tetra-amelia syndrome, an extremely rare birth defect where all four limbs are missing.
- He does, however, have two toes on his left foot, meaning he can write, type 45 words per minute, swim, answer the phone and kick tennis balls extremely far.
- Nick can actually hold his breath longer than the average – two minutes, 13 seconds.
- Having half the blood volume his body, everything hits Nick twice as hard – sugar, caffeine or alcohol.
- Nick says he keeps a pair of shoes in his closet, because he believes in miracles.
Born: 4th of December 1982 to Borris and Dushka Vujicic.
Age 1: At 18 months old, his dad begins to teach him to swim.
Childhood: His parents decide not to send him to a special school, despite the risk of him being teased and bullied at a regular school. His parents’ decision was hard for him but Nick now considers this as the best decision they could have made for him.
Age 6: Starts learning to type using his toe with the help of his father.
Age 8: Is deeply depressed, often crying to his mum and telling her he wants to kill himself. He hates God for making him that way and feels terrified of what would happen if his parents weren’t there to look after him.
Age 10: Decides to drown himself in the bath, but doesn’t go through with it out of love for his parents. Throughout the rest of his childhood, he battles with loneliness and depression but credits his faith in God as well as his family and the people who encouraged him for his passion, strength, and victory over his struggles.
Age 12: Elected captain of his school and worked with the student council on fundraising events for local charities and disability campaigns.
Age 13: Reads a newspaper article about a disabled man who had managed to achieve great things and help others. He realises that God had made them in that way to give hope to others. Nick decides to use his life to inspire and encourage others.
Age 17: Starts giving talks at a church group and starts his own non-profit organisation, Life Without Limbs.
Age 19: Speaks at his first major event. This will jump-start his career, and lead to hundreds of different events, speaking to children, students, teachers and businessmen all over the world.
Age 21: Graduates from Griffith University with a double major in accountancy and financial planning.
Age 22: Nick is nominated for the Young Australian of the Year Award.
Age 23: Films a motivational DVD, Life’s Greater Purpose, a short documentary highlighting his home life and regular activities.
Age 25: Travels to Hawaii and meets surfing master Bethany Hamilton, who had her arm bitten off by a shark when she was 12. Here, Nick learns how to surf. He also learns how to do three 360 degree spins on his board – a feat which gets him on the cover of Surfer magazine within 48 hours.
Age 27: His first book, Life Without Limbs: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life is published. He stars in the short film The Butterfly Circus, which won the Doorpost Film Project’s top prize of 2009.
Age 28: Gets engaged to girlfriend, Kanae Miyahara.
Age 29: Marries Kanae on 12th of February 2012 and settles into their home, an hour north of Los Angeles, California.
Age 30: Nick and Kanae’s first son, Kiyoshi James Vujicic, is born 13th February 2013.
Age 32: Their second son, Dejan Levi Vujicic, is born 7th August 2015.
- Nick’s website: LifeWithoutLimbs.org
- Wikipedia: Nick Vujicic
- Q&A with Nick on FamilyChristian.com
- Nick and Kanae on Sixty Minutes
- Gospel Herald article: “Never miss an opportunity to act upon your faith”
- Daily Mail article: The astonishing story of the man born without arms or legs
- NowPublic article: Nick and Kanae’s wedding
- Belle News article: Nick and Kanae’s honeymoon