Discouragement. It’s available in plenty these days, isn’t it? Even in small town Iowa, tornadoes recently wreaked havoc on homes and businesses and news of a missing girl and increasing sex trafficking in Iowa is flooding social media channels. And if that’s not enough, there’s always potential glitches with people, work, health, or money to knock you down a notch if you weren’t already.
That’s why HOPE is so important.
Have you ever read that poem by Emily Dickinson? I remember first reading it during my junior year of high school and being so struck by the analogy of hope to a bird. If you haven’t already, check it out:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
Our mission at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy is to transform lives and restore HOPE through movement. These seven words poured from my lips during our rebranding a little over three years ago after hours of research, hundreds of client surveys and interviews, an entire team training day, an owner’s meeting discussion, and prayer.
And as soon as they were spoken, a knowing peace transcended over the table of owners who surrounded me. Because despite the fact that this was a “new mission” for us, the truth was that this had been the heart of this company since its start.
We live in a world in desperate need of hope. In each of our communities, we know there are countless amounts of people who are feeling discouraged or fearful. Discouraged by the way they can’t roll out of bed like they used to. Fearful of how an injury is preventing them from playing a sport they love. Scared by the lack of progress they’re feeling after surgery. Disheartened by the way another health provider dismissed their concerns or didn’t take time to listen to them.
So our mission is to share and spread hope like wild fire. To listen first to how that foot pain is keeping you from shopping with your daughter and then share what we can do to lessen or eliminate that pain. To understand that your back pain not only causes excruciating pain but also how it causes you to miss out on things like picking up your grandchild or taking that bucket list road trip.
You see, we believe it’s through listening that we understand the source of your discouragement and pain. And it’s only after we understand the source of the problem that we share a solution for restoring your hope.
While I never thought I’d work for a physical therapy company (and love it) due to my dislike of science and most things medical, I’m so proud to be part of Kinetic Edge because it has this mission at its heart. And behind the hope our team provides through restored movement and function, I also know that many of my teammates are using these skills simply as a guise to further Christ’s Kingdom. Because like me, many of us at Kinetic Edge believe that there’s a deeper and everlasting hope we can provide for people when given the chance to tell them about Jesus.
So whether it’s pain in your body, tornado devastation, a failing friendship, or anything in between that has you feeling discouraged, my hope for you is this: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
After all, “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.” (Robert Ludlum)
In an effort to continue acting on our mission and celebrate the way it’s impacted our communities thus far, we’re hosting a Client Appreciation Pizza Party on August 30 from 5-7 PM in each of our clinic’s communities. This year marks our 20th year of business so please make plans to come celebrate with us on August 30! And if you’re in need of another little bit of hope, our team will be available at the event to speak with you.