Monday, 12 March 2018 06:02

Tiffany Higginbotham: Owner, Body Logic Physical Therapiy

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RRJ:  Tiffany, you grew up in a Christian home, regularly going to church.  How has this foundation grown your faith in God?

 

Tiffany:  A foundation was most certainly laid, and my entire extended family were/are all believers. I grew up in a home where faith and church were a high priority and our lives and schedules were centered around the church.  I learned at an early age to value God’s Word and begin to grid my life and decisions through a Biblical lens.

 

 

RRJ:  Growing up on a hog farm in Slapout, AL is a contrast to living in the city of Montgomery and owning your own business.  What did life on the farm teach you and how did it prepare you for your professional and spiritual life?

 

Tiffany:  I am always asking myself, how do I teach my own children the work ethic and physical disciplines that I learned as a child. But, the reality is, that probably can’t be entirely recreated living in the city. But, nonetheless, I try every day.

 

We were raised to work hard. Never watch someone else work. Leave things better than you found them. Don’t make more work for someone else.  No one was done working until everyone was done working. Wake up happy and ready to go because there was no point in being anything else.  Say please, say thank you.

 

All simple but profound disciplines. These most certainly carried over into other areas of my life as a student, an athlete, an employee and as a believer. It was just me and my sister, Tammy, growing up on a farm, with no brothers. We worked just as hard as we would have if we were boys. My dad would always tell us, “I pray that God provides you with a loving husband one day that will do these things for you, but I never want you to say you don’t know how, simply because you are a girl.” I frequently think about how God used this in my life to prepare me to be a female business owner now. They really did parent us with the goal of leaving them and, by God’s grace, to one day become productive members of society and God’s Kingdom. I am eternally grateful.

 

 

RRJ:  While attending PT school in Birmingham, you grew in knowledge of God’s Word through a Bible study group with friends. And later, a women’s study of Titus 2. How did these studies shape your thoughts and heart?

               

Tiffany:  In PT school, I began to intellectualize my faith and ask, “Do I really believe all of this?” I fell into a group of friends that God so graciously organized, and relationships were developed that showed me that not only was there a God, but that He loved me so much. I became absolutely convinced of the sovereignty of God and His hand on my life. I met my best friend, who is still one of the sweetest gifts that God has ever given me. I intricately studied the human body that did nothing but point to an amazing God.  I married my high school sweetheart, Keith, and we settled in Montgomery. The church that we were attending had a Women’s Bible Study that was centered on Titus 2 ministry. Here I formed deep friendships, relationships, and mentorships that really shaped me as a woman, wife and mom. These friendships and relationships, nearly 20 years later, are still a huge cornerstone in my life.

 

 

RRJ:  What are some practical ways you are raising your children to know the Lord?

 

Tiffany:  I always jokingly saying, I am just trying not to screw them up.  I am so very thankful that we serve a God who is gracious to my children despite me.

 

I have always tried and secretly aspired to being one of those families that sit around the table, pray and do devotionals together, but that is just not us. I do pray, though, that we LIVE devotionally before our children. I hope that our home is a place where we can be vulnerable and transparent – a place where it is safe to fail. I hope our children see sinners who mess up but who seek repentance, forgiveness and find grace. I pray that they see parents who love Jesus, love each other and seek to love others.

 

Practically, with near three teenagers now, that translates to a lot of time on our knees and learning to trust the Lord.

 

 

RRJ:  Experiencing the loss of a loved one can be devastating.  How did your faith help you and your husband after the sudden loss of your father-in-law early in your marriage?

 

Tiffany:  My father-in-law died suddenly and completely unexpectedly, of a massive heart attack, at 51, only about a year after we were married. Realizing how quickly life can change was extremely humbling and terrifying, but our faith was absolutely everything. Knowing that God was in control, that my father in law lived the exact number of days that God created him to live, and that we will see him again one day, changed everything. It was probably the hardest thing we have gone through, but our faith allowed us to “grieve like those who have hope”.  Ken was a wonderful, Godly man that left a legacy of the gospel and a love for his family that I pray we will pass on to his grandchildren.

 

 

RRJ:  You have been on a spiritual journey over the last several years made up of small revelations.  How has God changed you in this journey?

 

Tiffany:  I became a believer very early in my life and although I believe it was genuine, I really had a walk that was mostly concerned with outward conformity. I was very prideful about how well I followed the rules and this really became my religion and righteousness. I could quickly dismiss or look down on anyone not in alignment with what I thought, believed or did. I would take a portion of scripture concerning change in behavior and just will to “boot strap” it up until I thought I saw change.

 

Over the last several years, I have realized how very little this looks like Jesus.  I began to really study the life and works of Jesus and I became so humbled with the life He lived and what He did for me. This extravagant grace began to change me and I realized I had the cart before the horse. We are saved for good works not by them, and the more I got to know Jesus, the less I wanted to judge, and the more I wanted to extend that same grace that I had received to others.  This has changed how I interact with patients on a daily basis. When you allow yourself to just build relationships with people, you will be truly amazed at all that God will teach you about yourself. I have the privilege of doing this everyday and it is truly an honor.

 

RRJ:  Do you have favorite Scriptures that you turn to for strength while living out your faith at work?

               

Tiffany:  My “slogan” for my PT practice is “heart, soul, mind, strength”. This comes from Mark 12:30: “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength.”

 

I picked this because it has numerous meanings for me. First, it reminds me to treat the whole person. There is a mind and a heart and a soul attached to that physical problem that I am treating. May I never forget this.

 

Secondly, it reminds that I am ultimately loving and serving the Lord as I use my own heart, soul, mind and strength to do my job. This makes what I do no longer a job, but now a calling.

 

And, thirdly, it calls me to the very next verse that goes on to say “and love your neighbor as yourself.” All of my patients are my “neighbors” everyday and it reminds me to treat everyone as I would want to be treated if I were them in their situation.

 

 

RRJ:  What advice would you give our readers who may feel luke warm in their faith?

 

Tiffany:  First, I would say, you are normal and we all have days where we feel this way. Thankfully, God remains absolutely the same no matter how we may feel.

 

Go tell someone else. Community and friendship are so important and I don’t know how I would survive without them. God never intended for us to live in isolation, but we are created to be in community and to love and serve each other. We so easily forget basic truths when we are in trial, and we need others to gently remind and encourage us.

 

Tiffany Higginbotham has been married to Keith for 20 years. She is a mom of three:  McKenzie  (17), Gantt (15), and Nate (10).

 

 

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