Rebel Hays is a blind runner guide volunteer, and it is the best illustration of discipleship that I have ever seen!
This is the stuff the Bible is infused with. This is the stuff movies are made of — a blind runner teams up with a fourth-grader and here's what makes their relationship so special.
Paul Scott has a gift for running. It is his passion and when his feet are pounding the pavement-he is free. Free of being blind because his young friend Rebel Hays is leading him.
Rebel is Paul’s blind runner guide volunteer. The pair run bound by a rope in between them. Rebel has to run just enough to be slightly ahead of Paul while calling out any rocky terrain they may encounter. And when they cross the finish line, all the glory goes to Paul.
Is anyone else floored? What an absolutely beautiful picture of lending strength to another.
Rebel not only loves to run but he is also dedicated to ensuring Paul crosses the finish line for a winning victory. Rebel has to practice every day in order to keep up with the older boys. But Rebel doesn't do it because he's younger-he does it because he wants to see Paul win.
Blind Runner Guide Volunteer — The Picture Of Discipleship
This dynamic duo reflects the epic story of Paralympian David Brown and Jerome Avery. Google these two and read all the stories.
In the meantime, here's the short version. Jerome Avery became a blind runner guide volunteer to David Brown, a blind runner, in order to give up the limelight so David could cross the finish line — victoriously.
This means two people are willingly bound together — one is completely in the dark and the other is the guide. And the goal — to reach for victory.
But only two vital things determine victory: trust and submission. How well Paul and David can trust and submit to the ones who see — their guides Rebel and Jerome — determines their victory.
Does this remind anyone of our own walks with Jesus? How quickly we entrust ourselves into the hands of our guide — Jesus — determines our victory!
Inspiring Bond Between Teen And 4th-Grader
Back to the story of blind runner guide volunteer Rebel Hays and Paul Scott. Rebel says, "He inspires me to run faster." He added, "If I don’t run this distance, it’s like I’m cheating on Paul. I can’t cheat on Paul so, I have to run this distance, or this time, no matter what."
The pair began training and running two miles. But now they are training for a 5K which is about 3.1 miles. Their goal is to make it under 20 minutes. “I’ll admit it’s pretty hard, but it’s all for Paul. I have to do it for Paul,” Rebel said.
Rebel, thank you for showing the world what it means to not just help someone else run but to help them fly. Praise the Lord for your heart and may it teach us all to do the same.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2
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