There are many things that I wish for you Jackson. There are many things that I want to teach you, and many more that I want you to develop on your own.
I want your faith in God to be strong and steadfast. I want you to believe his Grace is your only way to everlasting life. I want you to build a personal relationship with Jesus starting in your childhood and lasting through your whole life. I want you to make your decisions based on your beliefs and values. I want you to find comfort in God's words and guidance in his teachings. His love is unconditional and his Grace is sufficent, lean on him. I want you to lead by example and show others to way to salvation.
I want you to find peace in prayer. Hope will keep your heart going when all else seems to be weighing you down.
I want you to learn that a true friend will not judge you by your mistakes and will not abandon your side. Stay in touch with those close friends because "a friend is a friend forever, if the Lord is the Lord of them."
I want you to be able to trust your parents and know that their intentions are always for your best interest. I want you to feel the strong connection that your parents hold with you because you are our child. I want you to know that you gave your mother a purpose on this earth.
I want you to be able to read people while still having compassion and consideration. I want you to be open but cautious as to not put your family in harms way.
I want you to have a giving heart that puts others before your own desires. I want you to give more than you receive, that is where the true gift lies.
I want you to be slow to speak, and even slower to anger. Forgiveness is one of God's greatest gifts, listen to his wisdom and do not hold on to resentment.
I want you to respect your body as a created image of God's likeness. Be mindful about what goes into your body, and be more mindful about what goes into your thoughts.
I want you to be fulfill your dreams and make a life worth living for, have love that you can be proud of and a faith that will inspire you.
I want you to learn the respect of a woman and know how to respect a woman. I want you to open doors for the ladies and pull their chairs, be a gentleman. I want you to know how to dance with a woman, because every woman deserves to be led in a dance.
And when you are grown and have created a life of your own, when you have found a god fearing woman to spend your days with, when you have started a family and begun to watch your children grow in love... don't forget to give your mother a call on Sunday afternoons.
I love you, sweetheart. You are more than I could ever have imagined you to be.