Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rising above our challenges

I remember watching this short film about Zach Sobiech's life one year ago. My heart ached for him and his family---such a heartbreaking and terrible trial as they bravely faced his impending death due to a rare form of bone cancer.  I watched and listened to his story with tears streaming--I was inspired by his enthusiasm for life, his amazing courage,  his sincere hope of making a difference in this world through his cancer story, his deep love of music (see here the performance of the song he wrote) and the tender relationships he shared with others in his life.

Last May, Zach lost his battle to cancer but his sweet spirit and memory live on -- as evidenced in this short film above which marks the one-year anniversary of his death.  You can feel the love and deep bond that his loved ones still feel with him -- even after his death.

If you have time today, I encourage you to watch this.  It's a tender reminder to all of us of what's most important in this world--not the fancy houses, expensive cars, lavish trips we want to take--but instead--if we are to find true happiness--life should be more about enjoying the journey and savoring the time we have with our family and friends...cultivating genuine relationships and love for one another.  Making a real difference in other's lives through service.  Actively seeking opportunities to make this world a better place and focusing more on the eternal things in our lives.

But I think even more importantly, Zach's story is a lesson to all of us in learning how to accept God's will in our lives (even when we don't feel like doing so) and having the faith that we will see those who we have lost in this world again someday.

Zach's story is one of those life-changers--watching this anniversary film--I was inspired by how his family has handled this tremendously heartbreaking experience with such grace, love and humility. Their example of rising above some of life's most challenging moments and Zach's positive spin on living life to the fullest despite his cancer has left an indelible print on my heart.  It inspires me to want to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and human being.

"And this is the will of Him that sent me, 
that every one which seeth the Son, 
and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life;
 and I will raise him up at the last day."

 --John 6:40

Zach's mom, Laura Sobiech,  just recently published her book about Zach's life and
how her prayer was answered to use his cancer story to touch other's lives.
You can order a copy here.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful Jennifer. I had heard the song, but not the story. Our Katie befriended a girl through volleyball that lived in Washington who died of the same form of cancer. It really impacted all of us.


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