I was inspired to write this blog post after seeing videos showing Zach Sobiech’s last days on YouTube, hearing his song, “Clouds” and seeing all the comments people posted to YouTube. Watching a short documentary of someone’s life (particularly one that is expected to be ending soon) and seeing how they are living now, is both touching and inspirational, at least to me and probably 95% of other people. I would venture to guess that most people wish they were as happy as Zach was, had as many caring friends as Zach did and accomplished great things like Zach did.
Near the end of the Zach Sobiech’s Last Days video, YouTube has an overlay saying that Zach passed away May 20, 2013; which happened to be yesterday. When I saw that, a realization came over me that he’s no longer on this Earth. I know it seems obvious and self explanatory but what I mean is that Zach’s no longer here to tell stories, continue a documentary, write songs and be a part of other people’s lives. His songs are here, his writings and videos exist, but he’s gone. I’m such a sucker for sob stories a tear came to my eye while watching; but then I realized something that made me feel sad for him; and not in a he’s dying boo hoo kind of way…
Not to strike the wrong cord with people who are reading this, but personally I believe there is a heaven and a hell; and there is only one way to heaven, and that is through knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. I give props to those who create great uplifting music and videos that can change people’s lives and make the world a better place, but really… If people aren’t being led to the Father who can save them for all eternity, it really is all for nothing!
Anyone who knows me knows I really don’t “preach” the gospel or talk about spiritual/religious things. I’m the laid back kind of christian that just goes day to day showing “by example” how people who love the Lord shouldn’t swear, do drugs, get drunk, etc; but should display love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Forgoing drinking and drugs, no problem, never tried or been into that stuff anyway. Showing love, joy, peace, kindness and those other things; well, that just depends on what day it is and what buttons the devil is pushing. We all have those days!
What I’m getting at is simply this… If a documentary crew were to follow you around on your last days or years, would they see Jesus reflected in what you do and say? Would they see you actually telling people about Christ and what He did for all of us; or would the documentary just see a well-behaved person that looks and acts like a modern day christian who is full of happiness? I know I have a ways to go to be who I want to be, how about you?
I am in no way trying to speak bad about Zach. From what I saw in the documentary, he was an extraordinary young man who most people would aspire to be like. Whether he did believe in Jesus Christ as his Savior, I’m not sure; only God knows that.