FAMILIES ARE AMAZINGLY DIFFERENT

God must have a sense of humor. Why else would He put polar opposites in families. Let me give you some examples on how families are often so different just from some past events in the Morgan family…

  • Family Vacations – This summer we’re talking about where we want to go on vacation. Lea would like to have something exotic, I would like to go to the mountains and the boys would like to do Six Flags. And then when you add in the good way that families communicate you’ve got Lea and I saying, “Boys, you have Six Flags on the brain and besides it’ll be 110 degrees.” I’m telling Lea, “Honey, we don’t have the money for exotic stuff.” And the boys are telling me, “Dad, go buy you a Field and Stream magazine and get it out of your system.”
  • Dinner Out – When it comes to figuring out where we’re going to eat out. The boys want something fun, Lea wants something with “good food” and “atmosphere,” and I want cheap.
  • Television – The young boys want cartoons, Lea wants a movie, and the two older boys and I want ESPN.
  • Sports – Parker, Lea and myself would just soon watch a good NASCAR race as eat, Taylor will always be hunting a Dallas Cowboy’s game or baseball game, and the two little guys don’t want to watch any of them, they’re still hunting cartoons.

We’re all very different. Families are made up of different people with unique likes and dislikes. Healthy families choose to affirm the value and uniqueness of each person in the family. In the family there should never be a black sheep, no partiality should be shown, and you should be able to be yourself.

God must have a sense of humor and He must love variety. Why else would He build families with polar opposites in them. “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain” ~ Psalm 127:1.

So, how is your family different?

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This week’s sermon is posted (here) if you’re interested. “Faithful? … Who me? God expects us to be faithful in every area of our lives. And you show that faithfulness to God in at least 6 different areas of your life.

  1. Keeping your P___________________.
  2. Honoring your M__________________.
  3. Standing by your F__________________.
  4. Managing your M___________________.
  5. Doing a Good J_____________________.
  6. Committing to the C__________________.

Sorry … you’ll have to fill in the blanks.

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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. Anonymous says:

    Trey, I wanted to tell you about a Chinese restaurant here in Charlotte that has been closed because of salmonella. Hope that doesn’t spoil your lunch. πŸ˜‰

    My guy likes sports, I like a romantic comedy, so if we go to Blockbusters together, we get a sports film or exciting drama (my choice for him), but when I order online I get a romantic comedy, or at least a comedy of some kind (again my choice). When he is in the room with the TV, I give him the remote and urge him to choose whatever he wants to watch – news, sports or nothing. I like to read. He likes the outdoors, and I would rather be inside.

    1. promises
    2. maker, or mother & father
    3. faith (or stand up for your family)
    4. money
    5. job
    5. Cross

    I thank God for our differences. Life would be so dull if we were all the same.

    Jeanne M.

  2. preacherman says:

    Trey,
    Families are extremely different. We must have God at the center. As ministers I now stress that if you are a divorced single Christian dad or mom raising a son or daughter you can be a Godly parent and example for your child and bring them up in the Lord. If you are a Grandparent raising a grandchild which their our some in our churches today you can can be that Godly family. Single adoptive parent. Young married. Young family with young new parents. Parents with teens. Empty nesters. Grandparents. Widows. Orphans. Disfunctional families where teens come to church while parents stay home. (I experienced that quite a bit as a youth minister).

    Trey great post. I am striving to make God center and making the statement that Joshua made as he entered the land, “As for me and my house, “We will serve the Lord.”

  3. Frank Bellizzi says:

    Trey, I just found out yesterday that not only are you from Amarillo, but that you’re also an Amarillo Bible Chair alum. So cool. We’ve got to meet sometime.

    I really like what you’re doing with this blog. Keep up the good work.

  4. TREY MORGAN says:

    Jeanne M. – you got a couple of blanks right. And, I bet the Chinese food place used to be awesome. There’s no such thing as bad Chinese.

    Preacherman – EXCELLENT thoughts.

    Frank – thought you knew. I’m an old AC Bible chair kid. God put the Bible chair in my life at just the right time. Loved my time there.

  5. Chris says:

    Ok, let me take a shot at your sermon blanks.

    1. Keeping your PROMISES
    2. Honoring your MARRIAGE VOWS
    3. Standing by your FRIENDS
    4. Managing your MONEY
    5. Doing a good JOB
    6. Committing to the CROSS (CHURCH, CHRIST)

    btw, thanks for the post, great stuff.

  6. The Preacher's Household: says:

    I think it may be easier to say the few things we do have in common: love to see family, CiCi’s Pizza, Tool Time, only home videos of Josh playing sports.
    I really like your points on not being left out. No one should feel that way in a family.
    Kathy

  7. The Preacher's Household: says:

    It is interesting to me how much like someone in my family or Kathy’s my family is. Genetics are pretty strong. On the other hand it may be a matter of pragmatism. If you had a million dollars would you deny Lea? I doubt it. But there is only so much you can do with so much money.

    Enjoy whatever you do. I know you will.I’m with Kathy on affirming uniqueness. The little ones around here are certainly unique.

    James

  8. Anonymous says:

    God must have a sense of humor. That is why I am here!

    Brandon Voss

  9. Monalea says:

    Keeping your Phobias prioritized…
    This list may change day to day

    Honoring your Memory loss…
    If you can remember

    Standing by your Fatty tissues…
    This gives you some control over the situation

    Managing your Menopause…
    Right up to the time your body burst into flames

    Doing a Good Jumping Jack…
    Deep thought, considering how dangerous a BAD jumping jack would be

    Committing to the Constant crankiness…
    Some of my family members already attained

    I feel β€˜really’ bad today. Will be back with a deeper thought later.

    Love you bro

    Monalea aka www

  10. Monalea says:

    Trey,

    Some people don’t know how to celebrate the differences of their family members. They believe everyone should be the same. I’m glad we are all different and that you rejoice in your families differences.

    Love you much!

    Monalea

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