Tomorrow Is Promised To No One

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

I remember the first time I heard the expression “Tomorrow is promised to no one.” I was watching a press conference with Walter Payton who was announcing to the world that he was sick. He had clearly lost a lot of weight and was sitting behind a microphone with his son Jarrett, and some other people.


I had grown up watching Walter Payton. I have watched a lot of great athletes but by far, he was my favorite and it was a treat to watch him play. Being a kid and watching number 34 take the field every Sunday was something that was as dependable as the sun coming up. I remember shedding tears when he retired from the game.

Now here I was, watching one of my role models, shedding tears on television. He was talking about death and being scared.

"Am I scared? Hell, yeah, I'm scared. Wouldn't you be scared? But it's not in my hands anymore. It's in God's hands."-Walter Payton

I was not a follower of Jesus at that time but I did believe in God. Somehow, hearing Walter speak those words were comforting to me and I wasn’t the one sick.

Little did I know that I would be faced with my own trials of illnesses, a brain tumor and stage-3 colon cancer. How right Walter was when he spoke those words about my fate being in God’s hands.

I am now almost 12 years cancer free. I have seen many people get diagnosed with illnesses and not have great recoveries. I do believe that God is with us always. I don’t understand why some people become cancer free while others don’t. Frankly, I still don’t understand why some people with high risk factors don’t get cancer while others do. Honestly, there are LOTS of things I don’t understand about cancer.

What I do understand is that God has given us today. With His amazing grace, He has given us this beautiful day today. I have no idea what tomorrow will bring.

So in the midst of horrifying stories on the news, cancer diagnosis rates skyrocketing, our politicians losing their minds, my running app somehow deleting all my stored miles, and many other things I can list here, I am going to be grateful for the day that God has graced me with today.

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

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