The Evangelical Christian Voice in Chiropractic Since 1953
The 2018 CCA Auxiliary Scholarship
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FIRST PLACE ESSAY
“A time when God’s grace has had a lasting impact and how I will carry its lesson into my chiropractic practice.” by: Samantha Nielsen Northwestern Health Sciences University
Samantha Nielsen
During my undergraduate studies at Drake University, I was also a Division One track and field athlete. Through that experience, I realized the truth in 2 Corinthians 12:8-9; "But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." Through my athletic successes, pride developed within my heart. My identity was found in the success of my sport, and
my prideful ways found my entire life centered on performing well. A significant injury changed all of this. Through my weakness, I realized how abundant Christ's grace was. It had always been there, steadfast and never failing, but it took an injury for me to notice it, and for this reason, I am grateful for that devastating injury. Ephesians 2:8-9 speaks to this, as it proclaims, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast." God's grace surrounded me, the Holy Spirit redirected me back to our Lord, and my life was forever changed. This newfound love and grace helped me transition out of sports and place my trust in Jesus. His plan for my life required a shift of heart and for my identity to be truly and fully placed in His everlasting love. This was the same time that chiropractic care entered my life. It was through my injury and God's guidance that I have found how I will serve others. I believe it is through serving others that we serve God. God's grace has allowed me to develop a greater sense of empathy and care for others. As I move into chiropractic practice, I better understand how to explain to patients that they are greater than the limitations or strengths of their bodies. I also realize how hard it is to change — physically, spiritually, and mentally — and I know this will help me better relate to patients and guide them in their journey of health, wellness, and possibly even their faith. The gospel is built upon God's grace and our salvation is impossible without it. As 2 Peter 1:2 describes, "Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." It is
  Samantha Nielson is a student at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN and will graduate in December 2020.  She became a member of the CCA in 2018.
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my hope and prayer to share this story and knowledge with others, such that they may gain knowledge and hope in our Lord Jesus and eternal life.