The Cure for the Terminal Condition of Sin
The Evangelical Christian Voice in Chiropractic Since 1953
The Evangelical Christian Voice in Chiropractic Since 1953
The 2020 CCA Auxiliary Scholarship
Christian Chiropractors Association 2550 Stover, B-102 Fort Collins, CO 80525 Toll Free: 800.999.1970 Local: 970.482.1404 Fax: 970.482.1538
SECOND PLACE ESSAY
Fear and anxiety are like weeds in a garden. At first, the small cluster is camouflaged, but when left untouched, the weeds can grow and overtake the plants. Overtime, the beauty and purpose of the garden diminishes. In the same way, fear and anxiety may start small, but if left unattended, they may grow into a bigger problem. These weeds take away from the fruits and flowers that are intended to grow in our garden of life, or our life purpose as Christians. Right now, I am over halfway through chiropractic school, and even though I care for my garden, the weeds of "fear and anxiety" always find a way to return. However, with the help of my true gardener, Jesus Christ, I can keep these weeds tamed, and focus on nurturing the plants that are intended for my life calling, to be a chiropractor.
Chloe’ Spinato is a student at Life West University in Hayward, CA and will graduate in December of 2021. She became a member of the CCA in 2020.
Just like weeds, challenges, fears and anxiety will return, but I will continue to find peace and perseverance because my hope is something much greater, Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the LIFE, and if we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit. (John 15:4)
In chiropractic school, I notice my fears and anxiety peak when I compare my progress to classmates, or when I think I may fail. I distinctly remember taking my Neuro Muscular II final and blanking out halfway through my test. Suddenly, I began to panic, "I cannot remember the answers. All the choices look the same. I am going to fail. I am not good enough... " "Stop!," I told myself. Rather than accept these lies and let the weeds take over, I paused, took a deep breath and cried out in my mind, "Chloe, this is a lie. My worth is not dictated by this test. God will not let this keep me from His will for my life. The battle has been won, and Satan has already been defeated. I reject these lies. The victory is yours, Jesus. Amen." Instantly, my heart rate slowed, and I could think clearly again. I ended up passing that final, praise the Lord. God has chosen me to be a healer, and that is a great responsibility. Satan recognizes my calling and will try his best to derail me from my purpose by feeding me lies. When I believe these lies, I experience fear and anxiety. Jesus assures us in John 16:33 that in Him we will have peace. In this world we will have tribulations, but we are to be of good cheer because He has already overcome the world. To keep these weeds out of my garden, I have refined certain disciplines that renew my mind with Jesus's truths and ward off Satan's lies. Every morning I read a chapter of the Bible with my accountability buddy and we text each other our devos. I engage with Christian community by regularly attending and serving at Church and leading my Christian club at school. I ask the Lord for discernment to recognize truth from lies and ask for forgiveness when I put my own fears and anxieties in front of God. Lastly, I pray fervently, entrusting my requests and lifting my praises to God whether they are big or small (Philippians 4:6).
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Auxiliary Scholarship Second Place Award 2020
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“How I Deal with Fear and Anxiety in my Journey as a Chiropractic Student. by: Chloe’ Spinato Life West University
Chloe’ Spinato