Letter from the Future


When Zac Smith learned that he had terminal cancer, his life was shaken.  He and his wife had a wonderful and loving relationship,  healthy children and a job that made a difference.  They had an exciting future ahead of them.  The surprising diagnosis took all their tomorrows and turned them into borrowed time.  In an effort to make sense of it all, Zac wrote this letter to his younger self.  As you watch, keep in mind that none of us is promised tomorrow.  We are all living on borrowed time, so live for today.  Grab hold of the ones you love and let go of the things that don’t matter.

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  • John

    Could not agree more

  • Bruce

    My college roommate, Robert Love, died at the age of 42 in the year 2002. Robert died of cancer. Robert said that having cancer was a blessing because it prepared him to live life to the fullest. Zac reminds me of Robert…a sense of urgency…to do the right thing…to love God, our spouse, our family and friends to the fullest…to overlook all of the meanial things…

  • Bonniedunson

    I agree with John,

  • Jill

    Wow .. very powerful. I will watch this again with my teenage daughter.

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  • Chris Dunagan

    This video includes the second video he made that includes more of his story as well as a recent video about how his wife and kids are handling life without Zac. http://www.newspring.cc/series/make-war/why-do-bad-things-happen-to-good-people-part-2/

  • Alexismg11

    Everyday is a true gift from GOD. Lord help me to appreciate and live everyday to the fullest for you!

  • Thanks for sharing the new video, Chris! You all may want to check it out.

  • Chris Petree

    Something for myself and for me to remember to pass along to my son who is only 2 years old now. Thanks for the video, and the message

  • Amandacollins200256

    very corageous man and with Christ he will be!!! , family should be sooooo proud of him . My husband died at 61 on August the 12th. 2009 with Pancreattic cancer , he died with lots of faith and ask Jesus to come get him and he was so brave and died with peace in his heart !

  • Amanda, your husband sounds like he was a courageous man!

  • Charlene

    I watched both videos with my daughter. God is still good…I love that. No matter what, God is good. Thanks for posting this!

  • Farrell

    I was diagnosed with cancer (Hodgkins Lymphoma) at age 20. I have witnessed Gods blessing of surviving that cancer. Aged 47 years now, I remember clearly the day when I had the conscious thought “if only I could live to 30, and experience life”. Folks please be aware that life is a miracle and embrace the ones you love, honor God, and live life for today. Tomorrow may never come.

  • ..inspiring..my lil grandson was diagnosed with state 2 neuroblastoma cancer in the form of a tumor near his spine at 14 months old…4 months of chemo, numerous tests and MRI’s….Bray is now in physical therapy 2 days a week…and will be in denver for another MRI this week….

    Thoughts and prayers to all……

  • Jaysen Turner

    Zac…. Thank you for pointing out directions (B-asic I-nstructions B-efore L-eaving E-arth ) to the straight and narrow path and future eternity

    Jesus; be with Zac and his family always

  • james

    mark, your daily posts are spot on! I love your insights and how you relate spiritual things to the everyday things that we go through! Please keep them coming.

  • Rogersleona

    I too have fought cancer three times. I was given less than 6 months at the age of 19. I looked at the doctor and told him he knew not of me relationship with God and that God had not told me I was coming home. The road has been long but I have given it up to God and I have let him use me and my fight to help others of all ages and the glory I give to him. If you have or have every had cancer it changes your life in so many ways. I chose to let it change me and mine for the better of all around me.

  • Liliana

    Zac, thank you for your letter to your younger self. I am forwarding it to my son 12yrs old and I will show it soon to my daughter which is only 9. They have to hear you and God willing they will understand the urgency of living for Him. I have realized only as a newborn Christian 10 years ago the love God has for us but I barely started working hard for His glory. Thank you for bringing to our attention the urgency of our work because we do not have a lot of time to do all that we can for God’s glory. Thank you Zac! May you and your family be blessed richly!

  • Ypagels

    Wow… what a powerful message!!! Isn’t it funny how in the midst of bad news we seem to get our act together, our lives in the right places with urgency. We try to be that way when things are normal but seem to be so human, so busy… thinking there is a lot of tomorrows left. Things change so fast when we are diagnosed with an illness. I was diagnosed with CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and it sure shocks the system. I thank God for this chronic form, because there are so many suffering much much more. I had a bout of extreme anxiety in my first couple rounds of chemo (meds as well as the fact that my Mother in law was diagnosed with terminal inflammatory breast cancer (and she also fell and broke her femor bone, ankle and  rib.) She was suffering. It was more than I could handle. I thought I was losing my mind. Anxiety can take you to some very dark places and really brings you to your knees. WE NEED GOD, and He is there for us and loves us unconditionally.
    Thank you Zac for sharing your story!!!! You have very strong faith and your letter is very powerful and a good lesson to us all. May God continue to bless you with the wonderful talents he gave you. One day in heaven, I hope to say “thank you” in person!!!!! 
    God’s blessings to you…

  • L_schanze

    My husband died at the age of 35. We found out he had a rare lung disease. They gave us 2-5 years and he died 1 month later. We got the diagnosis 1 week before Christmas, 1998, he died Jan. 1999. My husband was very brave. As I cried in his arms after hearing of his fate to come and the thought of losing him, he was at peace.  He had felt he had been on borrowed time as it was (he had cancer in his younger years and had beat it) and he had a great relationship with the Lord. His only sadness was leaving us. We have 3 kids and he would not be able to see them grow up. He did not want to leave me. It IS very importand to live and love as if it were your last day with your loved ones. We thought we had at least 2-5 years. We only had 1 month.

  • Thank you! God ( Jesus) Bless.

  • Mary

    May the Good Lord Bless each and every one  of you!