WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT IN LIFE

  • According to the American Consumer Credit Council, the average American will spend a whopping $791 on Christmas this year.
  • Most of what will be purchased for this year’s Christmas will go on a credit card.
  • The average American will carry credit card debt of $8562 by the end of the year.

OUCH!

STOP feeling like you need to compete with friends and family to get the biggest, best or most thoughtful present! QUIT blowing more than you can afford because you feel guilty if you don’t! And NEVER hide your spending from your spouse.

Tony Campolo, one of my favorite speakers, said this recently… “The typical size of an American house has increased 40 percent in the last 25 years. It’s not because we’re having more children; we’re having fewer children! We need bigger and bigger houses simply to hold all the stuff we don’t need. What’s even worse is that we’re renting out space in storage bins because we can’t contain all the stuff we have in the huge houses we have at our disposal. It has become an insane society as far as surplus is concerned.”

Better yet, my most favorite speaker of all time said this, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20).

Just a quick reminder, in case you forgot … LIFE (and Christmas too) isn’t about stuff, and it isn’t about what you buy or what you get. Life IS about God, family, relationships, love, helping others, compassion and faith.

Don’t forget this month what the really important things are!

(Comment of the Day: Larry Bob Lane said…
This is the time of year that we celebrate our Lord’s birthday. I have some great gift ideas that won’t require a credit card. Go say Merry Christmas to all the shut-ins, homeless, orphans,and all you single parents out there. Not to forget those that are stuck in a nursing home. Merry Christmas to all and may God bless you. I care about you.See, that did not cost me a dime.)

WHITE MEN "CAN" JUMP

This is Parker, our six-foot six-inch 17 year old son. He is a junior at Childress High School and we are very proud of him. He loves playing basketball, hunting, fishing, camping and doing anything else that requires him being outdoors.
What Lea and I are the most proud about Parker are not the things listed above, but that Parker loves God and that he is a GREAT kid.

SANTA RUNS A 5K

Last night was Childress’ Jingle Bell 5k run. Thirty-eight people showed up to run. About a month ago, I told my friend Kirby that I thought it would be fun to run the race in a Santa suit. He told me if I’d do the Santa suit, he’d dress up like an elf.

The coolest part was during the run there were kids screaming as I ran by, “MOM, SANTA CLAUS JUST RAN BY OUR HOUSE!” I don’t know how many times I hollered “Merry Christmas” and “Ho Ho Ho,” but it was quite a few. One driver who didn’t yield to me and made me stop, made my naughty list. :)

It was a fun run that I didn’t take to serious when it came to how fast I finished. I do have a new appreciation for the Big Guy in the red suit that somehow delivers presents to everyone in the world’s hottest suit!

Here are a couple of pictures. You can find more info and pictures here and here.

(Pre-race) Kirby was the biggest elf anyone had ever seen.

(Post-race) Q, myself and Ryan. I was SO glad to take that beard off. I could finally breath!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

THANKSGIVING WHEN I WAS A KID

I have fond memories of Thanksgivings long ago. Here are 3 things I remember when I was a kid…

  • Smelling the food cooking all day and thinking, “Are we EVER going to get to eat?”

  • I DO NOT like giblet gravy or pumpkin pie, but I LOVE cranberry sauce. As a kid, Thanksgiving was the only time of year that I was allowed to put a HUGE glob of sugary jelly on my plate, then eat it with a fork and no one gave me flack about it? That, I thought, was a great reason to give thanks.

  • And finally, Thanksgiving meant the start of the Christmas season. We could beg mom all we wanted, but the tree didn’t go up until after Thanksgiving.

I’d love to know, what do you remember about the Thanksgivings you had as a child?

We got to put the tree up early this past weekend because Taylor was home. YEA!

PORNOGRAPHY IN MARRIAGE

“Marriage should be honored by everyone, and husband and wife should keep their marriage pure…” Hebrews 13:4 Most of the time I write a post, I get some comments and a few days later the post is forgotten. But, there are times when you touch a nerve on a topic and the post seems to […]

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8 THINGS

I was tagged to share some “eights” about myself. So, here you go: 8 Favorite TV Shows: SportCenter Survivor CSI – Las Vegas Dallas Cowboys Football & Texas Rangers Baseball Amazing Race America’s Funniest Videos Spongebob Squarepants Seinfeld reruns 8 Favorite Restaurants: Taco Villa Der Wienerschnitzel Saltgrass Tacos Garcia Anything Chinese Vinson Cafe Carinos Anyplace […]

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THE POWER OF A DAD

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FRIDAY NEWS AND LINKS

Taylor came home last night for Thanksgiving break. It was sure good to see my kid. We’re excited that he’s going to be around the next 9 days. Besides bringing 52 loads of dirty laundry for his mother, he also brought another AIMer with him that wasn’t going to be able to go home because […]

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THE EXCITING LIFE OF A MINISTER

You may be thinking that my life as a minister is pretty dull, but I have to tell you, you’re way off on that thought. It can be a roller-coaster thrill ride at times. It’s the little things that take place every day that make it exciting. Here’s an example… A while back, I went […]

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SHOUTING, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"

I try to make the local nursing home a stop for me on Monday’s. The people in the home are beautiful people, but my heart always hurts for them. They’ve reached a point in their life that they can no longer live by themselves and must have someone else take care of them. Yesterday I […]

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11 SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE A BLOG-ADDICT

Today I celebrate this blog’s second birthday. I don’t exactly know what that means other than I’ve been at it for two years. To celebrate today, I’ll share “11 Signs you might be a Blog-Addict”… Your spouse carries a picture of the back of your head in their wallet because this is what they normally […]

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MOMS RULE, DADS DROOL

I had big plans for this weekend. Lea is gone with a group of ladies to a Women of Faith conference, and I envisioned a male bonding, bachelor-type weekend with me and the boys. I couldn’t wait to show the boys how much fun dads can be. The rules I laid down for the weekend […]

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FEEDING THE "DUMP" PEOPLE

Can you imagine being SO hungry that you would go to the city dump to find food for yourself and for your family? Can you imagine food being so scarce that you move your family to the dump to live where everyone can search for food everyday, because without it you and your family will […]

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THINGS I’M THINKING ABOUT

Taylor turned in his list of places he’d like to go to do mission work for the next year and a half. I think the places on his list were Africa, Scotland, Grass Valley, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. He’ll find out about Christmas time where he’s going and who he’s going with. He […]

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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 […]

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BUFFALO SPRINGS HALF MARATHON

WHAT I LEARNED… This course provided two of the biggest hills I’ve ever seen in my entire life. These were Mount Sinai sized hills. I’m thrilled they put off the start time until 9 a.m. to give it time to warm up. It was just above freezing when the race started. I was excited to […]

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WHAT IF STARBUCKS MARKETED LIKE THE CHURCH?

Two words: Painfully realistic! (Comment of the Day: Anonymous said… “There was a lot of truth to that spot. Especially the part about drawing attention to new comers and making then fill out all the paperwork. My wife and I will never fill out those visiter cards because if we don’t like the message the […]

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TRUSTING GOD ENOUGH TO JUMP

I still remember the day Cooper learned to climb up on the top bunk of the bunk-beds all by himself. I had rounded the corner and there he sat, grinning from ear to ear. “How did you get up there?” I asked him. I believe his answer was, “I climbeded.” I reminded him he wasn’t […]

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SUMMING UP THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Here are some of my favorite quotes from other bloggers who have tried to sum up last night’s presidential election… My son kind of stunned me with this thought: “Just think, Daddy, it was only 50 years ago that black people weren’t even allowed to vote in some places.” Whatever you think of Barack Obama’s […]

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"AAUGH!"

Why is it that when I pull into the drive up at the bank I get behind the person who is slower than molasses going uphill in January? Just recently I pulled in behind a person who was obviously trying to refinance his home through the drive up window. That little drawer went in and […]

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FREAKY FRIDAY

I’ve got to have an anatomy discussion with my 7 year old son. He told me a couple of nights ago when his stomach was hurting, “Dad, it’ll be okay, it’s just my ovaries.” I didn’t know he even knew the word “ovaries.” It’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen Taylor, our oldest. He’d […]

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I AM A MAN

I am a man and I love it. I don’t wear pink. I don’t own a sweater vest. I don’t listen to Clay Aiken, and I don’t like to chit-chat on the phone. I am a man. I love the smell of diesel, the smell of a new set of tires and the smell of […]

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WHAT I REMEMBER ABOUT HALLOWEEN

Halloween was a big event around my house when I was a kid. It meant two things: dressing up to get candy and Christmas was right around the corner. We didn’t get a lot of candy growing up, so we couldn’t wait to start knocking on doors in the neighborhood. When it came to costumes […]

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PREACHING ABOUT MY WIFE

Holy Smokes, did this ever hit home!!!

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A GOOD PREACHER JOKE

Nothing is funnier to me that being able to laugh at yourself or what you do. I have an arsenal of preacher jokes, but here is one of the ones that is at the top of my favorites list… Three ministers and their wives were on a cruise. A tidal wave came up and swamped […]

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WAZZUP!

I laughed and laughed when I saw this… In case you forgot, “this” was the original.

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PORNOGRAPHY AND MARRIAGE

Last week I did a post on “Sex and Men,” (read it here) and the difficulties of staying pure in your marriage. While the post dealt more about men staying pure, a nerve was touched when I mentioned pornography in marriage. I received countless emails from people shouting the dangers of pornography in marriage from […]

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2008 PALO DURO CANYON TRAIL RUN

I had a great weekend. About 200 runners showed up for a 12.2 mile run in some of God’s most beautiful creation. I wasn’t sure if I could do a run this difficult, but shoot, you’ll never know what you can do if don’t try. The thing I’m still learning is that when you put […]

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THIS WEEKEND’S ACTIVITIES

SATURDAY is the PALO DURO CANYON TRAIL RUN: I’m going this Saturday to Palo Duro Canyon for a 20k (12.5 mile) run. It’ll be a monster of a run because 99% of it will be on dirt trails and up and down hills. Last time I ran this race it was only 9 miles, but […]

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PURE TERROR

God has put me in some sticky situations that have left me a little concerned about my life … I’ve ridden public transportation in a foreign country. I’ve had military police with machine guns, in a foreign country, board my bus to find out who I was. I’ve run at night through parts of Mexico […]

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MEN AND SEX

I’ve heard the quote that on average men think about sex every 7 seconds, I personally think that those numbers might be a little on the conservative side God is the creator of sex, and He made it to be GOOD (can I get an “Amen” here guys?!) in the confines of marriage. Yet, due […]

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THE DAY OFF

It’s healthy to take time off to rest and play. Yesterday the Morgan’s went to the Henderson’s farm to hide out. Here are a few things we enjoyed on our day out… Playing Rummy & Jenga. Watching the movie Transformers. Riding 4-wheelers (for a short time, due to the rain). Having the mother of all […]

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COLUMBUS DAY

My kids are out of school for Columbus Day today, so I’ve taken the day off. To celebrate the day, I thought I’d share a very special blog post today called… “10 things I never do when my kids are out of school and I’ve taken the day off on Columbus Day …” 1. Blog […]

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PREACHING POLITICS FROM THE PULPIT

Big news story, “Pastors to Preach Politics from the Pulpit.” Me? I’ll be preaching Christ this Sunday!

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. 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.

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