There will always be things in your life that you regret, both things you say and things you do. There are also those really bad times when karma reaches out and bites you in the rear-end. Those are lifelong lessons you never forget.

I was to be the speaker for one of the largest youth retreats in our area. Multiple churches were converging for a weekend of camping, spiritual growth and fun. When our group of 30 met at the church building to pack and leave, I gave them my regular speech that went something like this, “I’m not your mother on this trip. You are old enough to get your suitcase on the van and keep up with your stuff this weekend. And, let’s remember to act like we’re Christians. Now let’s load up and go.”
When we arrived, we had only a little time before my first lesson. Everything was going well until someone handed me a note. Someone from home had called and left a message that said, “One of the Childress group left a suitcase in the church parking lot.” This seemed like a common occurrence for our group. I stewed on that for a while before calling my kids over for speech number two, “I told you guys, I specifically told you that I was not your mother … I have no clue which one of you left your suitcase, but we will NOT be going back to get it. AND, you will just have to do without this weekend because I specifically told you to get your own stuff. Maybe someone will be kind enough to let you borrow some of their stuff for the weekend.”

I’m sure you’ve already figured this out, but that night when it came time to get ready for bed I spent about 5 minutes looking for my suitcase before it hit me … “Oh, no! That was my suitcase that got left.” Yep, I spent the weekend borrowing clothes, eating crow and reflecting on the bible verse, “Pride goes before destruction, and a proud attitude before a fall.”

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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. Amanda Sanders says:

    Oh Trey that was so funny! I enjoyed it so much because that happens to me way more than I care to admit.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why does this not surprise me? I can't wait until Shalane and Jason read this one…I'm sure they got one of these speeches from you at one time or another!! LOL

  3. Kent Smith says:

    I love it Bro.

  4. Kevin Bowser says:

    If you are going to eat crow, you might as well have a little Humble Pie for dessert.

  5. Peter P says:

    Oh man, I wish I was there to see that!

  6. Su says:

    Hee hee! Did you take a trip to Walmart?

  7. TREY MORGAN says:

    Su … I wished. We were MILES from the nearest store. I paid a BIG price and had to borrow everything … including a nasty old sleeping bag and what they said was a pillow. :)

  8. mmlace says:

    Oh dear! That's just FUNNY! :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Glad I am not the only one. Those kids watched you live your words though. Painful but GREAT lesson.

  10. Anonymous says:

    You poor boy, who was on the trip that had clothes that fit you? Where did you go? How many young people were there, I'm sure you told them and they loved it. gmj

  11. Stoogelover says:

    Funny! At some point, you need to write a book about your antics. The sexy text mail to the wrong phone … those stories!

  12. Rev. Mike says:

    That's a great story. Thank you for sharing it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hey Trey, be careful how you talk about my pillow……..and I know you are not gonna complain about borrowing my sweatpants,shirt and blanket……lol. I do remember that night when you came to me with your problem and I have laughed about it many times!!! Just be glad I was a skinny boy back then……lol. I enjoyed the laugh tonight…….thanks brother


  14. L.C.T. says:

    Oh brilliant! Thanks for sharing the humiliation.

  15. outnumberedlisa says:

    I say dumb things all the time! Glad I'm not alone. :o)

  16. Janice says:

    Yep, those feathers and feet go down hard. "Bless your heart."

    I wonder why we get such a laugh out of other people's blunders? Oh yes….I'm laughing!

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    Eddie – I will always be indebted to you for sharing your clothes. But why wouldn't you lend me your toothbrush?

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