Corrine’s Race… My Race

Life is so short. That’s why we need to make every moment count.

My daughter talks about how grown up she is. She is a whopping 11 years old!

My friend passed away this week and she was a whopping 91 years old!

I guess to an 11 year old that’s really old and it seems like eternity. But, to this 38 year old, who is almost middle aged, it is only a breath.

Life is only a blink in view of eternity. What we do here truly does matter for the rest of eternity.

When you’re young, life seems invincible and infinite, just like my sweet daughter, so nieve.

As I turn my thoughts over to my friend, I realize her life is gone now. She is only a memory. Here today, gone tomorrow. We are all but a vapor. Life is fragile and can not be wasted.

My daughter believes she has her whole life ahead of her and I pray she does, but I don’t think she gives much thought to how in the blink of an eye she will be graduating high school, leaving home, finding a career, getting married and hopefully, for me, having children.

Before you know it, she’ll be me, 38, and before you know it I’ll be 91.

Life goes so fast and in a snap it’s over.

I keep saying I want my life to matter and I do believe I have realized the dreams I had for myself back when I was 11 years old. I didn’t dream passed the age I am now, when I was 11. It’s probably because I thought that 38 was SO old, SO far away and SO much was going to happen to me by then. It was and it did and yet, by the grace of God it’s not over.

A big part of me believes it may just be getting started.

I met my friend when she was 73 years old. To the on looker, her life would seem to be winding down. After all, she was well into the retirement age.

Her child was an adult, she was welcoming great grandchildren into her family and she had been widowed for 24 years.

In my estimation she deserved to coast through the rest of her life, put her feet up and watch life go by.

By the world’s standards she was done.

By God’s standards, she wasn’t off the hook. Sometimes, I think she too was just getting started.

Her faith and love for Jesus equipped her to live life on her knees in prayer and with her face in the Word of God.

She didn’t physically go to work everyday, but spiritually speaking she did.

I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she earnestly prayed for her family, friends and church daily.

She knew that God had purposed for her to fulfill in her church, in the lives of her family and others.

From spending time with her kids at the family trailer, to opening her home every week for a “power hour of prayer,” to attending Bible studies, to serving in the kitchen and serving on the Board.

Her zeal for God was contagious. I loved being around her, praying for her, being encouraged by her, and joking with her.

She gave it all she had until the end! And we all knew it.

“Well done, my good and faithful servant,” was spoken over her Sunday night at 9:00pm by her blessed Savior and friend, Jesus Christ. O what a joy to know that her life mattered and continued to be used by and for God until the very end.

Was she an example to me? You bet!

“Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of.” 2 Timothy 3:14

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Life is hard and it is short, that’s why we need Jesus. He is our prize and we get the privilege of running this race called life with him and for him.

I want to be all in to the end, just like my friend.

I want my children to say of me, “she was all in to the end.”

We only get one chance at this life, let’s live it sold out for God, remembering to be faithful in the big and small things, and through the good and bad times.

Thank you Corrine for showing me how to live everyday with eternity in your heart. Thank you for being a part of my “cloud.” May I run my race, just like you.


Corrine Cates (1922 ~ 2014)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders…and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1,2


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