I love to preach, and I want to bring my A-game every week. Nothing KILLS me more than when I don’t feel like I’ve done a very good job presenting a lesson.

I don’t know, maybe it was because I had the stomach bug this weekend, but I just didn’t have it this Sunday morning when I preached. I felt drained, tired and had no energy. When I finished preaching, I had no doubt I had simply wasted 25 minutes of everyone’s time.
When I got home, still frustrated from the morning, I sat down and checked my messages. I had a new Facebook message from a lady who’d been at church that morning. She basically told me how much that lesson had touched her and that something I had said had really helped her open some doors to some things that she was struggling with. Right then, I was reminded once again, it’s not about me and my lesson … it’s about God and what He does with it. You never know what God’s doing to someone’s heart.
When it comes to presenting God’s word, I’m guilty of putting too much emphasis on myself. Yes, I have to study, present a good message, make it applicable, BUT God’s word is the one with the power (Romans 1:16), not me. Three things I’d like to do from here on out …
  • Not allow myself to get in the way of God and His word.
  • Not give myself too much blame when I don’t think things went well.
  • Not give myself too much credit when things do go well.
I guess everyone has a bad day. Fortunately, I find comfort in knowing that the batter that struck out four times, the quarterback that threw 3 interceptions and the basketball player that couldn’t make a shot, will all get a chance to make up for it the next time they play. So thankfully, next Sunday’s coming! :)

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  1. nick gill says:

    Tell the Story, and the Author will breathe His life into your telling.

  2. Scott says:


    I find your experience to be the rule more than the exception. Seemingly without fail, whenever I feel I have struck out, fumbled my words, or been in the way of the message, that is when someone will comment in person or by note that the message was poignant.

    Like you these are reminders — it is not about me.

  3. Donna G says:

    I had a thought like this yesterday. The preacher used three sources in his sermon that I had heard the original version of….so I was distracted. I did not get as much out of the lesson as I normally do…but my friend sitting beside me was visibly moved. God can use us even when we are not at our best…sometimes even more, because then we realize we are only the messenger…

  4. L.C.T. says:

    Now that's a good lesson in myself. I'm learning a lot about humility lately and am constantly trying to remind myself that anything and everything that I do well came from God to begin with, so he should get the credit.

  5. LauraLee Shaw says:

    I've struggled with this my whole life. Keep preachin' it! "The One who calls you is faithful, and HE will do it!" 1 Thess 5:24

  6. Anonymous says:

    I continually find myself praying, especially when I preach. "For today God, use me. Dont let me use you. Get me out of your way."
    -Daniel Burns

  7. Stoogelover says:

    I found that so true in my years of preaching, I was tempted to stop preparing sermons! I think we tend to judge ourselves too harshly. I heard a veteran preacher once say, "If the people love you, it doesn't matter much what you say. If they don't love you, it doesn't matter much what you say." But to us, it matters greatly.

  8. Maggie Beth says:

    hhhhhmm God does see the future. On Saturday afternoon — long before you preached – I wrote about how God is more powerful than Google.

    I have never heard you utter a word, and I may never; but your obedience to God started a path of mighty works, healing and growth in my life.

    A total stranger – in another state! – e-mails you a lengthy letter. You could have taken the easy way out and hit, "Delete". But you didn't ~ and it made all the difference.

    As I am going through this 'rebirthing' process ~ It is my prayer that I will one day be allowed to touch even half as many lives as you have. And I hope I will be able to do it as simply, honestly, candidly and openly as you do.

    Yes. God is more powerful than Google.

    "…One by one they came, far as the eye see, each life somehow touched by your generosity. Little things that you had done, sacrifices made…Thank you for giving to the Lord. I am a life that was changed. Thank you for giving to the Lord, I am so glad you gave." ~ Ray Boltz

  9. TREY MORGAN says:

    Maggie Beth – Thanks for the comment :)

  10. Jeff Slater says:

    That has happened to me many times. Just when I think I have "mailed it in" someone will come up to me and say it was one of the best sermons they ever heard.

    God is amazing!

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