The Circle of Hope


My family recently attended the Mother’s Day service at Elevation Church where Holly Furtick preached the “Circle of Hope” from Romans 5:2-4 (“…and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope”). The gist of the sermon was how our general baseline “hope” ultimately becomes strengthened as we face the struggles in our lives. Every time we emerge from adversity, our hope is more equipped to take on the next challenge. These struggles vary in intensity, duration, and importance, ranging from the small daily annoyances (ex: traffic, paying bills) to a great life-changing event (ex: death of a loved one, marriage problems). During the service, I could not but help to think of the common phrase “that does not kill me only makes me stronger”.

As a mid-30s adult with a wife, two kids, and a career, I certainly have seen and experienced this circle of hope, and I believe in learning from and being strengthened by each challenge. I also believe this is applicable to physical therapy, especially for those experiencing chronic persistent pain or rehabbing after a serious injury/surgery. Let’s discuss further:

Hope: Hope is the patient’s baseline belief and internal strength as they enter the rehab process. This is a combination of personal opinio