I STRUGGLE

Many think because of my position as a minister that I never struggle with the common things they struggle with. Somehow many believe ministers are spiritual super-beings who can defeat Satan with their mighty sermons and bible knowledge. Let me set those people straight. I am no spiritual superhero. I am not exempt from the very temptations, frustrations and challenges that you face. I’m simply a man who struggles with the same things you struggle with.

That being said, I’ve always tried to be transparent in my ministry and on my blog. I don’t want to come across as perfect or someone that has-it-all-together. Instead I want you to know that because I struggle it causes me to search, and searching is good. Because I struggle it burns in me a desire to search for ways to become more like my Savior.

I wonder at times why I continue to blog, but something tells me that I am not alone in my journey to become more like my Savior. I have a feeling there are others who struggle like I do and because of it they are searching for ways, better ways, to overcome those struggles. If we can make this journey together … I think it makes it easier.

I just want us to be real about our faith. Let your faith be who you are and how you live, not just something you do on Sundays. In a sense, throw out your religion and simply search for a faith that is as pure as gold. Allow God to teach us today that the gospel begins with love. Love that is unyielding, unending, relentless, aggressive, passionate and merciful. Now if I can just get that through my thick skull.

(Comment of the Day: Laura said… “I would definitely be wary of anyone who said they didn’t struggle, especially a minister. I think our struggles increase our faith (hopefully). I think if we ever find ourselves not struggling and we are still on this earth that we should be very scared…the only place we will not struggle is with our Father in Heaven.”)

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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. Monalea says:

    Trey,

    It is so easy to look at others and think they have it all together with their God, spouse, children, friends, job, etc. etc. etc.

    Thank you for the gentle reminder that we need to be taking the journey together…helping each other instead of compairing our lives.

    I’ll always love you 2-3-6

    Monalea

  2. sherryfisher says:

    Thanks for being real Trey. I think THAT above all helps us when we begin to struggle ourselves…just knowing that the people around us are not perfect. I know that I felt like I was the only one that was having trouble and it kept me away from church. Never again.

    Faith struggles can bring us closer to God…so struggle on!! I’m right next to ya~

  3. Brie says:

    I appreciate so much your willingness to be open. I think that honesty begets honesty, and taht we should all be able to be open with each other about ALL of our struggles.

    Unfortunately, there is a very real temptation to be too scared to be real. I know that I have definitely had times where I can say, “See, there I was honest and look where it got me.” And there is this idea that ministers (and their wives, and their kids) are somehow held to this other standard. Things that wouldn’t be an issue with Joe Churchgoer or his wife are suddenly fair game if it’s Joe Minister or HIS wife that are struggling. ::cough:: OK, moving off of that soapbox now. :)

    It reminds me of the Casting Crowns song about our Stained Glass Masquerade. Keeping my fingers crossed that transparency is the order of the day…

  4. Emma says:

    Trey…No one is perfect..I wish I could be…Your blogs have helped me get through a rough day or given me a thought to ponder…I look to it daily..It’s like having a little Trey Morgan in my own home…(which I LOVE LOVE LOVE)..
    Please don’t ever stop..You are here for a reason…

  5. Laura says:

    I would definitely be wary of anyone who said they didn’t struggle, especially a minister. I think our struggles increase our faith (hopefully). I think if we ever find ourselves not struggling and we are still on this earth that we should be very scared…the only place we will not struggle is with our Father in Heaven.

  6. Rick Morgan says:

    I am gonna pray a hedge of protection around you.

    http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=bef31c3bb99e4dc2c7d6

  7. Detwiler says:

    That love part seems to be the hardest of them all.. I let a poor girl have it at DQ today simply because I told her twice, NO peppers on my nachos. What happens when it comes out.. Peppers!! I let the poor girl have it.. Of course my wife gives me that look and instantly looks for a hole to climb into. Why are we like ticking time bombs waiting to explode over something so small?? I could have been nice and a little more passionate and made and impact on that girls life. Geez.. I can’t get this through my head!

  8. DJG says:

    I think the one most important thing I have gained from blogging is encouragement. To give it and to get it…when I am down or when I am thinking outside the box!!

    Thank you for all of your encouragement and for being real!!

  9. Stoogelover says:

    What attracted me to your blog (I read very, very few preacher’s blogs) is your transparency and honesty. I was once told by a preacher’s wife (they were my parent’s generation) that I should never admit to or show signs of weakness from the pulpit because people need to know their preacher is strong. I thought that was BS then and I still believe it to be BS.

    This blog community is about the only “connection” I have right now with people of a faith community and I love and appreciate and respect you so THANKS for blogging!

  10. cwinwc says:

    My brother, Pat Pugh in Cincinnati would say it this way, “We need to keep ourselves, our churches, and our blogs “real.” “Keeping it real” would be the 21 century version of John 4, worshiping in Spirit and Truth.

  11. penitentman says:

    Depending on its use, I think a blog can promote a certain authenticity that is lacking on Sunday morning. Especially for a pastor. There are simply too many people and there is too little time to connect authentically on a face-to-face basis.

    But if your blog is honest, you have an opportunity to be laid bare in front of everyone. To be honest, broken, judged, second guessed.

    I read your blog from half a dozen states away because of your authenticity and your openness. Your willingness to struggle publicly and in doing so, encourage me in my own struggles.

    More often that not, I think Christians need less of an answer for their struggles and more just the PERMISSION to struggle in the first place.

    Your blog is one of a few, that helps me experience Proverbs 27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

    Keep on keeping on, brother.

    -Mike

  12. Terry says:

    I’m with you, Trey.

  13. Jen says:

    I appreciate your “realness.” I read your blog for that reason. The discussions on your blog have pushed me to think more, to question things more, and to pray more. Too bad I don’t live close to Childress, because I would definitely visit your church!

  14. Mark Hodges says:

    I have only been blogging for a few months. I remember telling John Dobbs that I didn’t know why anyone would read my musings. I am still not sure about anyone reading my musings but the very thing you discuss in this post is what has been such a blessing since I began. I blog because He does something in me that is important when I do so. You have been such an encouragement especially when you write about your family. I know why you do this blogging thing.

  15. karin says:

    I appreciate your openness and honesty. God is using your blog to bless us – me too, as I’ve dared to stop lurking and learn how to comment. Thanks for your welcome!

  16. Preston Belt, Beautiful Downtown Lockney, Texas says:

    Trey,

    That is exactly why I read your blog! You as human as I am! That pushes me to search also!

    Enjoyed seeing ya’ll sunday!!!

  17. NB says:

    That’s why I keep coming back. You’re real and honest – two qualities I admire. Don’t change!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I had this preacher when I was growing up whom I was very close to…my family was very close to his family. Later, after he retired from preaching, he did some things that were just shocking. So shocking that I began to believe that nothing he ever did or said was sincere. Not only that, I developed a non-trusting attitude toward all church leadership. I found myself sitting there on Sunday morning thinking of all the things this person must “do” outside of church…how they might behave when others aren’t looking. I grew very synnical. Many years of this went by and I ran into an old friend who had his own “fall” from glory. In talking to him I realized finally that we are all just human and no one of us is any less tempted than another. And just like with me, sometimes that temptation is too strong and it gets the best of us. I don’t deserve to judge anyone…its not my job. My job is love people, when they are walking in the light and when they are groping the dark. If I don’t love them in their hard times then I have done nothing but hurt them more. Through these realizations I’ve learned to trust again. Instead of judging my way through church I worship God. It is so freeing for me to give up all those things I’ve been holding onto for so very long. And being able to trust again is just tremendous. Thank you Trey, for reminding us all that we need to stop being os judgmental when its not our job.

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