LIVE. Because you should.

May 21, 2013

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This video is 22 minutes and 21 seconds. I urge you to take the time to watch it.

It will change your life.

It changed mine already.

This video introduces us to someone I believe is a true hero: Zach Sobiech.

He died on May 20, 2013 from a rare form of terminal cancer. At the age of 17, he changed the world.

Towards the end of this video, the guy with the production team comes out and says: “I just want you to know that we are not making this video because you’re dying, we are making this video because of the way that you’re living.”

Wow.

I had to pause this video several times and just cry. Cry, really, really hard.

Not because of the cancer, but because in the face of the cancer, this young man decided he was going to choose to wake up everyday and live.

During the entire video, Zach didn’t worry about how he would handle dying. He didn’t think about himself or the pain that he was going through.

He was most worried about how others would take the news that he was not going to physically be around much longer.

According to Zach, the best way to be happy in this life: Help plant a smile on another person’s face.

As I watched this video, I kept thinking, “Lord, THIS is how you want us to live.”

Without fear.

Joyful.

At peace with our circumstances, no matter what diagnosis that means for our life.

Focused on serving those around us.

You want us to live with a deep knowing that the gift of life that we have been given is absolutely beautiful.

It is not precious because it can be taken away; it is precious because we have it in the first place.

Lord, you want our lives to be FULL.

Full of laughter and picnics. Like Zach said, picnics are just awesome.

Full of thankfulness. There are so many things to be thankful for and so many people whom we should be appreciative of, we shouldn’t ever be complaining.

Full of adventure. Lots of adventures. Crazy stuff. Like renting an insanely fast car to drive around for a week because….ya want to!

But mostly, full of love.

Love for this life and the blessings that you have.

Love for those around you that care for you and support you.

Love for those that need love, even when they aren’t the best at giving it.

Love for serving and giving smiles to each person you come across.

Love for the big things and the small, for those small things often become the big.

Love for Jesus, because He is love and He is life, and because of Him, we can love, well, despite anything.

Zach, I hope I can live one day in my life as well as you lived everyday of yours.

Thank you for reminding us that life is BEAUTIFUL. We must see it that way in order to make a difference.

Thank you for being you.

As I think about my day and the news of everything going on in Oklahoma continues to pang my heart, I pray that we know, remember and live with the perspective that whether we are here for 14 minutes, 14 years or we have 14-year old children of our own, life is a blessing and we must choose to live it all we can.

As Dr Suess says, “Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.”





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