Sunday’s Extras: A letter from the future

I think we’ve all said this at one time or another, “I wish I knew then what I know now.” I ran across a powerful video the other day. It’s from a father diagnosed with terminal cancer. He decided to write a letter to his younger self. You can watch it here.


“I wish I knew then what I know now.”  I think we’ve all made that statement at one time or another. 


Just imagine, if you could write yourself a letter today and go back and read it as a freshman in high school, what would you say?  What advice would you give yourself?  How would it impact/change your life?


I ran across a powerful video the other day on Mark Merrill’s blog.  He is the President of Family First, a non-profit organization designed to strengthen the family. 


The video is from Zac Smith.  When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Zac wrote a letter to his younger self.  As Mark Merrill pointed out, it is a haunting reminder that we are not promised tomorrow.  We are living on borrowed time so we need to make the most of every moment.  We need to live for today.


I hope you’ll take time to watch Zac’s story.  And if you know someone with cancer, share it with them.  There is hope through Jesus Christ.


In this video, Zac Smith explains why “Cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me.”



Zac went home to meet the Lord eleven weeks after that video was made.  Here is what his wife posted on Zac’s blog the next day.



My Love


This is Mandy, Zachary James Smith, went to be with Jesus at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday May 16th.  He is no longer in pain. The cancer has lost and Jesus has the victory in all of this. The battle has been won. I know you all loved Zac, and his presence is missed in our home. Please pray for peace and comfort for my family, as we now figure out how to continue his story to the best of our ability. Watch out because those kids of ours, well let’s just say they have a lot of wisdom from Zac in those little heads.  I cannot wait to see what God has in store for them.

Death cannot take away what is already His. To God be the glory. Always.



So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

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