I just watched a short documentary about an incredible young man. His name is Zach Sobiech and he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009 when he was 14 years old. By 2012 the cancer had spread to his pelvis and with months left to live, his mother suggested that he write letters to leave friends and family.

Well, Zach didn’t write letters. He wrote a song instead. “Clouds” was his way of expressing himself and giving his loved ones something to remember him by to give them closure. With lyrics like:

“We’ll go up, up, up but I’ll go a little higher. Go up, up, up because the view is a little nicer up here. My dear, it won’t be long.” Zach’s mother knows he is going to be ok.

Zach is happy and smiling despite his condition and loves to make people around him smile.  His story has reached millions and continues to inspire more every day.

“I want to be remembered as the kid who went down fighting and didn’t really lose”, says Zach.

Zach passed away this Monday and although I did not even know about him until Tuesday I will miss him and I am inspired by his courage and his story. He had the blessing in disguise of knowing how much time he had left to make a difference in this world. The rest of us may not have that knowledge but we should still use our time to strive to make a difference.

We emphasized the many missions that are going on around StoneBridge this past Sunday and we encouraged everyone to make a difference. Whether it is locally or abroad, we need to be using our time to make a difference in the world around us, to share the love of Christ that we have been given. We don’t know how much time we have to do this so we have to do our best to make sure that we live out the gospel to the fullest every day.

“I want everyone to know, you don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living”- Zach Sobiech