My name is David Mackey and I have done twelve years in D.O.C. custody and no matter how long I’ve been in, it never gets easier. The only way that I make it day to day is through the grace of God. I have always believed in the Lord but I guess in a sense, I have been taking it for granted most of my life. The older I get the more I am starting to realize that if it was not for Him, I would have not made it as long as I have. The visits from OJPM Chaplain Jesse West and the Bible study literature, along with the Christian books have been a tremendous encouragement to me and to others who are here. The Lord has put me on this earth for a reason. I don’t know exactly what that reason is but for now, I am going to just spread the Word.
I sit here in the Bryan County jail and I seem to always have a smile on my face. I see other people in my same position and they just seem mad at the world and the only difference I see is that I put the Lord first in my life. I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is thank the Lord for everything He will do in the future. That is the way I start my day and that is the last thing I do before I go to sleep. One of these days I will get out of here and when I do, I will continue to do this same thing because without Him in my life nothing is possible.