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I Am Potential is a 2015 Christian movie released by Bright Light Productions and starring Burgess Jenkins, Jimmy Bellinger, and Jama Williamson. This encouraging Christian movie tells a beautiful true story of a boy who overcame his disabilities and learned how to thrive in any situation. I Am Potential is based on the incredible true story of Patrick Henry Hughes, a boy who was born without eyes and improperly formed joints, keeping him from ever being able to see or walk again. While for many other families, they would have given up and lost faith, the Hughes family chose to work with Patrick and find how he could use his gifts and abilities.
This is a story not only about Patrick Henry and his conquering his disabilities, but also a story about his father and how he gave up everything to help his son achieve his dreams. Whether it meant sacrificing his job, his time, or his money, Patrick Henry’s father learned to give up everything so he could watch his son flourish. With surgery after surgery, Patrick’s life became increasingly hard. As the bills piled up and his inability to see or walk began to take more of a toll on his life, Patrick began to discover the thing that helped him through it all – music. I Am Potential tells
The Story of Patrick Henry Hughes
Patrick Henry Hughes was born to Patrick and Patricia Hughes. It was quickly discovered after he was born that he had several disabilities and would have to have several surgeries in order to survive. While initially they believed he would be able to walk, they eventually determined that he would never be able to walk. This came as heartbreaking news to the family, as they were already struggling. They knew that this meant a long road ahead. Patrick Henry would have to endure surgeries, disappointments, struggles with being blind, and so much more throughout his life. In addition to this, Patrick and Patricia were already struggling with a difficult marriage and difficulties at his job. However, through their faith in God, they were able to overcome these struggles, in part thanks to the wonder of music.
The movie, I Am Potential, shows Patrick Hughes left home alone with his son one night. As his son begins crying more and more, Patrick is unable to figure out how to calm him down. But then, almost by chance, he begins playing piano for his son, something that immediately calms him and quiets him down. As Patrick Henry began to grow older, he began to learn to play piano, and from a very young age became a very accomplished pianist. As he grew up, he began to find that piano was the one thing that could truly comfort him. No matter the pain he was going through, no matter the period of his life he was going through, he could always count on his music to get him through.
When he entered high school, he began to make friends, and despite his abilities, he found himself truly able to fit in and find a place for himself. One day, he was encouraged by a friend to enter the high school marching band. While initially, Patrick Henry thought of this merely as a joke, the more they thought about it, the more they got excited by the prospect of him being in a real marching band. And so, he was able to play for the High School marching band, with the help of people pushing him in his wheel chair. Patrick Henry began to show people that he wasn’t worthless or disabled – He had true value and had risen above his disabilities to become something truly great. He was no different than them, he was an overcomer and he had potential. I Am Potential tells this gripping true story of his perseverance through every situation.
When he graduated high school, he began to go to college, and after facing some trial, he was able to find a spot on the college marching band. Now, Patrick Henry had accomplished his goal. He had become a real member in a real marching band, persevering through his struggles and disabilities. He let nothing stand in his way of accomplishing his plans.
I am Potential also tells the fascinating story of Patrick Henry’s father, also named Patrick, and how he was willing to give up everything to be there for his son. The beginning of the film shows him with a more selfish attitude, spending a lot of time with his own friends, working on his car, and pursuing his own dreams. We also see at the beginning of the film that Patrick wants nothing more than for his son to be an athlete who can play football or baseball and became a famous star. When his son is born and he learns about his disabilities, all of his dreams of his son becoming an athlete are dashed. But as the film progresses, we witness an incredible change in Patrick. As he begins to see how special his son really is, he completely falls in love with him. All dreams of his son becoming a famous athlete melt away and he becomes completely proud of what his son has become. When he witnesses Patrick Henry singing for a crowd or playing in a marching band, his father realizes he is proud of what his son has become.
I am Potential tells an encouraging and inspiring story and it’s one that everyone needs to see. People look at disabled people and see them as unable to do a lot of things. But as this movie reveals, we can look for the potential in them and see how they are able to accomplish great things. Patrick Henry didn’t let anything get in the way of him pursuing his dreams. When he latched onto music and made that his dream, he allowed it to become his main goal and he did everything he could to achieve his dream. I am Potential is a powerful encouragement and a wonderful film.
I am Potential tells an encouraging and inspiring story and it’s one that everyone needs to see. People look at disabled people and see them as unable to do a lot of things. But as this movie reveals, we can look for the potential in them and see how they are able to accomplish great things.