Jimmy McNeal


Oct 30, 2017

A Sobering Reminder

Have you ever had that moment where you realize, you just missed out on something special. Maybe you looked away during a spectacular play, or when your kid took that first step. No matter the case, we all have those moments where we look back and think man I wish I would have chosen differently. I felt that this week while trying to play a game with my son. Follow me on this...

So my son Jackson is 3 years old and we like to play this game of hide and seek where he gives a little high pitched squeak to help us find him whenever he's hiding. He had just woken up for the day as Staci and I were "joyfully" already awake with our 8 week old. He walked in our room and asked, "Where is dad"?! So I decided to give him "a little squeak" thinking we could play the game and he could find me. I squeaked and squeaked, but heard nothing. I did this about 6 or 7 different times and then he said..."No, I don't want to play dad, I don't want to play". At first I thought, maybe he's doing something, I'll wait a minute and do it again. I waited, did it again, and got the same response. "NO Dad, I don't want to play"!  I'll be honest, my feelings were hurt just a little bit. I was like, I'm dad, you never say no to me when I want to play with you. What the heck! As I sat there in my hiding place as dumbfounded as I could be I had sobering thought.

"I wonder how often I've done that to God."

How often has God wanted to meet with me early in the morning and I've replied, "nah, I don't want to". Heck, even that morning I woke up early and had the thought to read my bible, but what did I do? Yup, you guessed it, I did the exact same thing Jackson did. Nah God I don't want to spend time with you, I want to check the score of the game, my email, Instagram, and possibly even go back to sleep. There are several days, moments, and hours I've missed out on sitting at the feet of Jesus that just slip on by. Now I know I'm flawed, I have failed and will fail at this again, but today, this week, I want to choose to first spend some time with my Dad, and not simply say..."I don't want to". Even if I don't "want to" it's worth it. I can't tell you how often I've not wanted to read my bible, and that day I read something that I reflected on or even shared with others throughout that whole day. If you are a Christian reading this, I wonder if you can relate. Side note: If you do say you're Christian and don't read your bible, I'd say, you may want to ask yourself some hard questions about your own faith. Do you really know or want to know Jesus? I honestly asked myself that question that morning.

"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." - Psalm 16:11

Nothing brings more pleasure or joy than being with God. Absolutely nothing! No matter the season, no matter the state of mind, no matter things on my list. Anytime I wake up to a new day, I can choose to spend time with my heavenly Father. Honestly, the only way I can truly choose to do that in this season, is by asking God to help me to do so. So Lord, I beg you to help me choose you early in the morning, and if I don't, which is very possible; bring me to a place to stop what I'm doing and spend some time with you through prayer and reading scripture.

If you now feel the same way that I did, I to encourage you to simply stop reading this blog, and open up your bible. Whether it's an app on your phone or a book on your shelf, take 5, 10, maybe even 15 minutes to just read, examine, and ask God to teach you something through reading His word. I mean, you could even read Psalm 16! I pray we all beg God to make this a daily choice! 

Nothin' but love, 



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