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FIRST PLACE ESSAY
“How I plan to enhance God's Kingdom as I treat patients in my office.” by: Kevin McDade
Kevin McDade
Participating in the servanthood of the Most High is nothing short of an undeserved blessing. Chiropractors take on this opportunity from a special position, as people consider their doctors to be trustworthy and respectable. As believers, we are called to seek first His kingdom, and He will add to our bounty.  Each of us are to honor Him with our time, money, and abilities. Paul writes, "...make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands..." (1 Thessalonians 4:11 NASB). What varies between chiropractors is the application, how we choose to enact these principles in an office setting.
My plan to enhance God's kingdom is based on the foundation that I am a Christian who happens to be a chiropractor, not the other way around. Seeing patients in the office is not merely our job, it is our ministry. The nature of our work is focused on physical health, but ultimately, the spiritual depravity of a man far transcends even the most severe physical concerns. I intend to bridge this gap when appropriate and be attentive to those in need of spiritual shepherding. This may manifest as praying with patients, giving God due credit for their healing when patients try to praise me, or sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as He gives opportunity. Something quite noticeable in chiropractic is that once experienced, the self-healing recuperative abilities of the human body shock most people. I see this as a chance to educate patients about God's creative intelligence, that we truly are wonderfully made. My goal is His goal: to make disciples. I believe a career as a chiropractor should enhance that, not put up walls and boundaries that limit spiritual interaction with patients. The Great Physician Himself always addressed people's spiritual needs, even when they presented with physical ailments; therefore, I hope to do the same. God's kingdom is enhanced when lost souls come to know Him. To be used as the Lord's instrument in such things requires openness on my end. I like to say that it requires that I be spiritually fat: faithful, available, and teachable. I must be faithful in trusting that He changes hearts, available to be His mouthpiece, and teachable in my own walk. Leading others to saving grace becomes exceptionally difficult if these principles are neglected. Working to bring the fullness of God's kingdom by treating patients in a chiropractic office is a privilege that does not begin when I open an it.
office or even at graduation, it begins now. As with any task worth pursuing, it takes preparation. It means that I need to have the foresight to build healthy patterns of prioritization and time management now, so that they are old habits by the time I serve in practice. By His grace, may I do praises and be filled with His messages of true eternal hope that goes beyond our temporary bodies and speaks to the health of souls. May every dollar made and piece of intellect gained be viewed as a gift to steward for His glory and make his name known among the nations. "Take my will and make it Thine, it shall be no longer mine. Take my heart, it is Thine own, it shall be Thy royal throne. Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Your feet, it's treasure store take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee. Here am I, all of me, take my life, it's all for Thee." Kevin McDade is a student at Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina and will graduate in December 2015.  He became a member of the CCA in 2012.