Rick and Dick Hoyt
When Rick Hoyt was born in 1962, his umbilical cord became wrapped around his neck, cutting off his oxygen supply. This accident led to Rick’s having cerebral palsy, a medical condition that occurs when the brain cannot send the right signals to muscles. Most doctors told Rick’s parents, Dick and Judy, that they should have Rick institutionalized because he would always be severely disabled and unable to have a normal life. The Hoyts refused.
They didn’t give up on their son, and eventually, they found doctors who were able to work with Rick, fitting him with a computerized device so he could “speak.” Rick was able to attend public school and graduate from college. Despite his disability, Rick wanted to help others. In 1977, he asked his father if they could participate in a fundraising race for a classmate of Rick’s who had become paralyzed in an accident. Dick was 36 years old and hadn’t ever run a race, but he agreed.
Team Hoyt was born. Dick began to train by pushing a wheelchair with a bag of cement in it. Soon, he was ready to bring Rick along. That one race turned into 10 races, then 20, then dozens. In 1992 alone, Dick and Rick ran and biked all the way across the United States. They have competed in more than 1,100 endurance events.
They have completed the Boston Marathon 32 times. They have even competed in triathlons, with Rick occupying a specially built boat that Dick pulls during the swim portion, and a two-person bike they use during the cycling portion. Rick and his father have shown that someone with cerebral palsy can live a rich, full life and even help others. Team Hoyt has journeyed a long way and has touched thousands of lives along the road.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope
We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” —Thomas Moore
“The glue that holds all relationships together–including the relationship between the leader and the led–is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” –Brian Tracy
Spiritual maturity isnt measured by how high you jump in praise but how straight you walk in obedience.
You’ll never accomplish anything if you don’t believe you can do it. Trust in God and ask for His help.
Instead of dwelling on your difficulties, focus more on the fact that God is for you and His power is at work in you.
God never leads us where He cannot keep us. His grace is always sufficient for us in any and every circumstance of life.
Sometimes you may feel God is hard on you and doesn’t love you… Truth is He Loves you to much to leave you the way you are.
We are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, not from any works that we can boast of.
Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vison, a goal.
If God changes your heart, be willing to change your plans.
Don’t give up on what God has called you to do. The end result is worth the pain.
“Trust is like blood pressure. It’s silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly.” —Frank Sonnenberg