Jimmy McNeal


Aug 10, 2015

A Letter To Jackson

It has officially been a full year since I held Jackson Jett McNeal for the first time. I write to my son today praying he might be encouraged by the words of this sinful, chosen, born again Christ follower.


I've been called multiple names in my lifetime, but I'm humbled to now be called "DahDah". Simply put, it's because it comes from your lips son. Well, it's actually more like "DahDahDahDahDahDahDah", and it's really the only thing you know how to say at this point, but I think it still counts. No matter how often or how you say it, you have your moments where I know you're talking to me. This has been a crazy ride, but your mom and I are truly blessed to call you our son.

A few weeks ago you said those now famous first words, but today was another memorable moment. A little over 24 hrs of living a full year of life you took your first "stumbling steps". Yes, all on your own. Your mom and I went crazy! Seriously, we screamed and tried to get it on video...but it quickly turned into a precious memory since you decided to giggle at us and crawl every time we tried to stage the moment again. Jackson, these moments are only glimpses of what I hope and pray for your soul. Here's what I mean by that.

Just as much as you've called me "DahDah" and taken your first "stumbling steps", I pray that you will one day call God "Father" and even take your first leap of faith into unknown territory. Jackson, just like any Dad, I want a lot of things for you. But ultimately, I want you to know, love, and give your life to Jesus. This prayer David prayed has been my prayer for you since you were in the womb.

"...I know my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes..." - 1 Chronicles 29:10-22

David asked god to give Solomon a whole heart, not a good heart, a kind heart, or a pleasant one. He asks for an impartial heart, one that is whole. A whole heart that is useful and full of life. This is what I've prayed for you Jackson. Although you are sinful, broken, and needy, I pray your heart would be brought to life by God and therefore have an inclination to be obedient to His commandments. I pray that the Bible would be your authority, that you would believe it, obey it, cherish it, and seek to know God more through it. I'm begging God to grab your heart and make it new. 

Jackson, these are not just words I write, but words I pray for you. You are a true gift from God and in that same breath I declare that you will always be His. God has entrusted you to me, I don't own you as your earthly dad, but I've been called by God to raise and disciple you. Though I will fail you often, I pray that in both my failures and victories you will see God as the better Father and run to Him. 

Even as you read this, I don't know if you know Jesus as your personal Savior, but I am praying that he saves your soul and that you would believe in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love you and will continue to pray this passage over you just as David did to his son.

Nothin' but love,



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