Father and son Dick and Ricky Hoyt have run together in more than 800 Ironman races (which include swimming, biking and running). Ricky was born with cerebral palsy.
To race, he must be pulled, pushed and carried by his father.
To watch Dick and Ricky you might jump to the conclusion that Ricky does not race at all, and that his father does all the work.
Tens of thousands of TV viewers, however, saw the son's role in 1999.
Wind, cold and an equipment failure made progress hard on Ricky, even though his father was the one pedaling their modified tandem bike.
Dick knelt down to his son, contorted and trembling in the cold, as the two were still facing many more miles of race on the defective bike. He said to the child
belted to the bicycle seat, "Do you want to keep going, Son?"
The father would be the one enabling and providing the means to overcome, but the son still had to have the heart to finish.
As believers, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses as we run the race that God has set before us. You can run that race with endurance by keeping your
eyes on Jesus.
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Suggested Bible Reading
Today as you pray ...
Ask God to reveal those things in your life that are hindering you from running the race that is set out before you.
Reach out to someone you know who needs encouragement to run the race and pray for an opportunity to encourage that person.
Give thanks to Jesus Christ for running his race with all endurance, even to point of death on a cross and rising from the grave.
Rejoice that you are not alone on this race. You have a great cloud of witnesses cheering you on to keep the faith and to run the race with joy.
Posted on 07/16/2013
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under