3. It Includes Biblical Lessons about Life … and Talents
Scripture encourages us to contemplate death and to live with a focus on eternity. The Psalmist even asks God to show him his “life’s end and the number of” his days (Psalm 39:4). But we rarely think about our end. Instead, we rush from deadline to distraction back to deadline, focusing our eyes on worthless, worldly things that will pass.
Clouds urges us to consider our death and to live as each day is our last. That’s what Zach does. As his mom tells him, “Maybe this is some kind of weird chance for you to forget about all the superficial stuff that people waste their time on.”
Instead of squandering his final months on Earth, Zach refocuses his life. He spends more time with friends and his family. He also pours his diminishing energy into his talents – songwriting and singing and playing the guitar, three things that previously had been hobbies. Eventually, he and his best friend, Sammy, are signed by a major company to write music. One of their songs, Clouds, becomes a radio hit.
Asked by his mom what he wants to be read at his funeral, he suggests the Parable of the Talents – the story where Jesus says His people have a responsibility to use, not waste, their talents.
“That one makes sense to me,” Zach says of the parable.
Clouds also encourages us to live life with gratitude and joy – not complaining, not moping, not focusing on what doesn’t matter.
“I hope my story helps everyone to realize that you don't have to find out you're dying to start living,” Zach says in the film.
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