Today was a good day.

Just about eight months ago, I broke my fibula, which left me unable to play football for the first time in my life. I was also unable to run, walk, and jump for the first time as well—at least since my days crawling around carpets as a toddler.

Most of you can imagine how frustrating this would be for someone who loves being active. So much so that I wrote a blog post about it, venting my frustration. It was the first time I had been sidelined. The first time I had been forced to watch helplessly as my teammates went to battle.

Today I put the cleats back on and went back out to practice with my teammates. Today was a good day.

There’s an old adage that says, “You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Truer words have never been spoken. For the first time in my life I realized how much of a blessing it was to do something that I REALLY enjoyed and that I was REALLY good at.

See, I had been playing football, basketball, and track since I was a kid. I always rose to the top, enjoyed the challenge and loved the camaraderie. I chose football—or maybe it chose me—and by the grace of God I got a chance to play in the NFL.

There was no turning back. I was going, going, going, like the Energizer Bunny. Going so fast that I never took the time to realize that I am living the dream. And that dream, for a time, was taken away. That temporary setback made room for major growth and maturity in my life, and eight months later I have come out a better man for it. Today was a good day.

Something was different about today. As I mentioned to a friend, “I have the mindset of a starter but the hunger of a rookie.” I mentioned in my first blog post that when I got back, I would stop taking things for granted. I would make the most of every chance I got. I would play, with even more passion, the game I have grown to love.

And though today was the first day, I could sense something different. A newfound joy. A renewed strength. There’s a well known verse in the Bible that talks about something like this: “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Though it may not have seemed that long to some of you, I have been waiting for what felt like a very long time. Today that wait was over. Today was a good day.

I can’t wait until tomorrow. Another day to strap on my cleats and go to work with my teammates. My prayer each and every morning, along with many other things, is that I would seize the day. Because I know from experience that tomorrow is not promised. But I have faith. That though today WAS a good day, TOMORROW will be an even better one.