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A Champion.

December 7, 2010

What do you do when you get the news that the person who made a huge impact on your life, the person you are forever indebted to, the person who challenged you more than any other-
may only have a few short months to live?

Please, tell me you have an answer.  Because my heart is breaking.

It shouldn’t be surprising, with the number of times she has battled cancer.
It shouldn’t be startling, since she has won so many times- but it is.
‘Miracles,’ she calls them.
Yes, but tenacity helps.

She is a fighter.  She has done the unthinkable.  She has out-‘lived’ anyone her age, tenfold. She has lived to the fullest.  Climbed mountains (literally) when doctors said no.  She has challenged the most stubborn without hesitation, speaking truth into students’ hearts.
Role model is the faintest of compliments.

She is tough.  She is compassionate.
She is accomplished.  She is humble.
She is wise.  She is understanding.
She is confident. She fears her Savior.
She is clothed with strength and dignity.

She taught us so much.  So much about being a witness.  Demonstrating how to speak unabashedly about your faith in a public school.  We have a binder filled with her funny sayings- but many of them are Truth. Hard lessons others rarely had courage to speak. She demands integrity & accepts nothing less.

A woman I will forever strive to become.  A woman I will forever remember.  A woman that I want everyone to meet.  A woman I want to teach my daughter.  I want her to tell my daughter what she told me: “God made you exactly the way He wanted.  He gave you individuality and a specific set of skills.  He wants you to use them.  He completes you.  He loves you. I can’t wait to see what He has in store for you. Be excited about this time in your life- about discovering exactly who you are.”

So, what do you do when you hear the news? What response do you have?
You can’t demand more time, not when the painful fight is almost over. Not when she has fought so long and so hard. She swam to the wall. A hundred times over.  She is a champion of life.  She continuously laughs at the days to come, resting assured that her Savior is waiting for her.

She never once ate the bread of idleness.  She strives for more, to do more, to give more, to reach more.  She took us on that journey with her.

She’s the kind of person that wrecks your selfish heart and then shows you how to live better for Him.

Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.

I am so grateful for you, Mrs. G.  I love you.

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