Sunday night, Lea, the boys and I went to Amarillo to check on our parents. As we pulled into town, we decided to try out a new restaurant that had just recently opened. Although there was a line of people waiting to get in, I still decided to go in and ask them how long the wait was going to be.

When I walked in, the familiar looking manager said, “Hey Trey, how have you been?” I finally realized it was my old friend Chris that I hadn’t seen in a few years. He hadn’t changed much, other than he was now shaving his head. Chris and I had become friends when a few years earlier I had done both of the funerals for his grandmother and mother.

After a big hug and a few greetings, I asked Chris how long the wait was going to be. With a big smile on his face he said, “There’s not a wait for you, you’re family.” He immediately took me and my family to a table. It was pretty humbling to be treated so special, just because we knew the manager.

After a really nice meal our waitress came over and said, “There will be no charge tonight. Our manager said it is on us.” Once again, I felt a little embarrassed for being treated like some kind of royalty. (I think it was then that my son Connor leaned over and said to me, “See Dad, I told you I should have ordered a big steak.”)

As we left, I hugged my friend again, thanked him and told him he was too kind to me. He again said, “I consider you my family and family doesn’t pay in my restaurant.” Although very grateful for his generosity, I felt so humbled and a little embarrassed. I stood there wishing that there was some way I could have expressed just how thankful I was.

As I left there, I couldn’t help but think, that’s how Jesus treats us. He is SO much better to us than we really deserve. Even though I do nothing to deserve it, with a big smile on his face, he throws his arms around my neck, hugs me and calls me his family. Despite all my flaws, he still chooses to bless me in amazing ways. And once again, I can’t help but feel very overwhelmed, humbled and a little embarrassed by it all. I wish there was someway I could show Jesus just how thankful I am. Oh, but there is, I will choose to live for him today, and tomorrow, and so on.

Thank you Jesus for being better to me than I deserve.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Terry says:

    Whenever I would ask one of my former ministers, “How are doing today?” He would respond with the same answer, no matter if he was having a great day or a horrible day: “Better than I deserve.”

    Grace is like that.

  2. Royce Ogle says:


    I love the last paragraph, so true!


  3. Doug Young says:


  4. Brian says:

    Thanks Trey. Needed that this morning. :)

  5. LauraLee Shaw says:

    Amen! Made me cry!

  6. Gabrielle Eden says:

    well, that was a good St. Patrick’s day message. Thanks.

  7. Robert Lukenbill says:

    Great story! Isn’t it ironic that anytime anyone does something nice to us, we feel obligated to return the favor or we feel bad for not doing something for them?

    I think this is something I struggle with as a minister. I am always doing something for others, but when they do something for me I feel sheepish or almost bad for not doing something for them (if that makes any sense).

    Jesus taught us by washing his disciples feet that it is the act of service we should enjoy, not the anticipation of a return gift of service. Perhaps it is just our mentality as westerners…

    either way great post Trey!

  8. cwinwc says:

    It is amazing that Jesus wants us to sit at his table everyday, must less buy our dinner.

    If I’m ever your way and we go to that restaurant, remember my name, “Cousin Cecil.”

  9. That Girl says:

    My life is SO much more than I deserve!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Loved your post. Glad you and yours came our way. Do you think
    Chris remembers I’m your mother? lol
    Looking forward to when your in Amarillo again. Love, Mom

  11. karin says:

    A dear old pastor living in our complex also says, “Better than I deserve.” That was a terrific story and I really enjoyed that you were blessed in this way. God is so good!

  12. Stoogelover says:

    Some days I deserve everything I get, but those are the BAD days! I’ve had that experience a few times … and you describe perfectly how we feel. Great story!

  13. Kyle Vannoy says:

    Not only does God give us that which we don’t deserve, he also DOESN’T give us what we DO deserve!

    In that regard, I’m pretty fortunate.

  14. Donna G says:

    We love the treatment, but like you say we often neglect to do the little ask of us to repay… Thanks for the reminder.

    **and you should have ordered the bigger steak**

  15. Anonymous says:

    Deryl and I went into Luby’s years ago and received a free meal, courtesy of Chris. Then when Deryl was so sick, friends were bringing in supper for us. A friend went into Luby’s and received a free meal for us, again. If I remember this right, Oren didn’t tell Chris the meal was for us, but just a sick friend. We figured it out later that Chris had done it again.
    What a loving spirit!

    Now everyone will be trying to figure out where he works and to become his friend. Ha! Judy

  16. TREY MORGAN says:

    Judy you are right. :) It’s good to know Chris…

  17. Jerilynn says:

    I have to ask – What is the business name? Some of us could pay it forward by eating there. By the way – i enjoy reading your blog. I am an old friend of Lea’s. Please tell her I said hello. You have a precious family and I enjoy hearing about them. Jerilynn

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