Rick Hoyt was born with the umbilical cord coiled around his neck which cut off oxygen to his brain. His parents, Dick and Judy, were told that there was no hope for development for their newborn son.
Dick and Judy were determined to raise their child as normally as possible. As Rick grew older, Dick and Judy were convinced that he was just as intelligent as his two younger brothers. They taught Rick the alphabet and were determined to get him in public school.
A team of Tufts University engineers built Rick an interactive computer that allows him to communicate using the slight head movements he can manage. Rick was finally admitted into public school in 1975. Two years later, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a five mile benefit run for a paralyzed athelete. Dick was not a long distance runner, but agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair. The father and son team finished next to last, but Rick told his dad that while he was racing he just didn’t feel handicapped.
Dick realized the impact that competing could have on his son and “Team Hoyt” began to compete in more and more. They have competed in marathons and triathlons and a 3,700 mile bike trek across America. It’s amazing to think about the love that Dick has for his son. He says that he merely lends his arms and legs to Rick so that he can compete. Dick describes the strength he gains from Rick’s desire to compete with everyone else.
Although Dick and Rick don’t make a spiritual connection with their situation, it’s hard not to see the similarities between their relationship and the one we have with God. We have a heavenly father who loves us dearly. Jeremiah 29:11 says that He has a plan for us and wants us to suceed. He loved us enough that He sent Jesus to die for our sins on the cross. We are like Rick in that we are spiritually unable to accomplish anything on our own. But with our Father’s help, we can accomplish great things.
I hope this video will inspire you to be thankful for many things in your life. I hope you will be determined to love your children so dearly that you would run marathons for them if it would help them in life. I pray that you will experience the love of Christ that gives us hope and have the courage to go forward even when things seem hopeless. God bless!