WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

It’s been a rough week for my preacher ego. :) This Friday is Childress High School’s annual “Job Shadow Day”. It’s the one day each year when the students are allowed to skip school and “shadow” someone in the community whose job interests them. Every year, for the past 5 years, I’ve had multiple high school kids following me around on “shadow day” to see exactly what it is that I do (insert your wise crack here).

This year, for the first time, nobody has asked to shadow me…zero…zip…zilch! Didn’t even get a nibble of interest. I’ve tried all week not to let it bother me. To make myself feel better, I’ve been telling myself that maybe it’s just an oversight and everyone forgot about how fun and rewarding it is to minister to other people.

And then it happened on the way home from church. I was giving two young boys a ride back to their home. One of them was a 5th grader and the other is a 3rd grader. As we rode back toward their house, I apologized for having to be one of the last ones out of the building, and then discussion turned to being a preacher. “That’s okay,” one of the boys said, “we understand that’s part of your job as a minister.”

“That’s exactly right,” I said with a smile. “Thanks for understanding.”

“You work with a lot of people,” the other one chimed in from the backseat. “My mom says that your job is very important.”

“Your mom is right, you know,” I relpied. “And I think you have a smart Momma.”

So, what do you boys want to be when you grow up.

One said, “I don’t know, maybe an astronaut or a scientist,” and then the other chimed in, “I’m not really sure yet.”

Then I asked THE question … I thought it would be PERFECT timing. “Have you boys ever thought about being a minister when you grow up?” I said with some excitement in my voice.

Almost in unison, with noses wrinkled, they immediately shot back their reply, “A minister? Why would we ever want to do that!??”

So I did what anyone else would do whose ego had been crushed… I pulled over, opened the door and told them to get out … they could walk the rest of the way home! :)

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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. outnumberedlisa says:

    ahahahaha — that's right, make them walk home. (o;

    I am trying to plant the idea of being a minister in my kids' heads. I hope at least one of them decides to follow in their grandfather & great-grandfather's footsteps.

  2. Frank Bellizzi says:

    Reminds me of my favorite Bible story. The one where the kids tell the prophet to “Beat it, Baldly!” and then “she bears” come out of the woods and kill the kids. Love it!

  3. doug young says:

    Classic!

  4. fraizerbaz says:

    lol! Well, I guess it’s not for everybody… good thing, too! Can’t have more shepherds than sheep.

  5. Jenn says:

    hahaha…. how very pastoral of you to make them walk! ;0)

    My oldest is a great artist and wants to work in the art/graphic industry field somewhere. I am trying to encourage him to look into finding a graphic artist position within a church. He looks at me like I have two heads when I say that… lol.

  6. Gallagher says:

    Excellent words from youth! Baa Haa Haa

    I figured you were making them run too much. I mean think of your schedule:

    4:00 am – Run
    7:00 am – Eat cereal
    10:00 am – Shop for shoes
    12:00 pm – Rum More
    3:00 pm – More cereal
    5:00 pm – Run backwards five miles while Twittering
    8:00 pm – More cereal
    10:00 am – Blog about Marriage while running again.
    12:00 am – Bed to dream about running

  7. Katherine says:

    Ha ha Gallagher-I was about to comment, but that cracked me up…especially the “rum more” at 12:00 😉 That explains SO much!!

    Hey, wherever you dropped them off…it can’t be too far in Childress, right?! 😉

    Oh, and Trey…and I want to be JUST like you when I grow up!!! Ok, well maybe not “just”-but pretty dang close 😉 Can I come shadow you?!

  8. Gallagher says:

    Oh man…I just saw the Rum more…..I have no idea where that came from, but maybe it explains the running and cereal.

  9. Brad Palmore says:

    I’ve got a son who is convinced he’s going to be a minister. I’ve been trying to talk him out of it. I feel a little bad for it, but I’ve shielded my kids from a lot of the stuff that I’ve had to endure as a minister. Unless we see some changes in the “profession” of ministry, the shortage of good ministers will only increase.

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    Lisa – I think that’s a great idea. Plant those seeds.

    Frank – It’s always good to have your she-bears close by when you need them. :)

    Jenn – Good plan.

    Chris – Your post made me laugh too. I don’t know how you knew about the “Rum at Lunch” thing. You can’t keep anything a secret anymore.

    Kat – You’re too funny. You want to be just like me, because you saw the “rum at lunch” comment Chris left. :)

    Brad – I totally understand and totally agree 100%. Not only are many not wanting in, but many are good preachers are getting out.

  11. Katherine says:

    Dang, Trey-you really can’t keep a secret anymore!! You got me 😉

    Though, that is not the only reason-it does enhance the desire to be more like you-lol

  12. Ryan B says:

    I always wanted to be a cake maker when I grew up. Then I wanted to own Disneyland. Then I wanted to be the CEO of Disney. Then I wanted to be an imagineer for Disney. Now I don’t want to grow up.

  13. Stoogelover says:

    Don’t know that I was one of the “good” ones, but I did get out and I was at a great church. My dad tried to convince me not to go into ministry. He later told me he was proud of me (not too long before he died). I would not encourage my children to enter paid ministry.

    Great story, though! But then you always have great stories and a sense of humor that I admire.

    BTW: The word verification is “godbuma”

  14. blogprophet says:

    i tried to comment a couple of times earlier….

    Gallagher seems to know you well…

    also, maybe God knew what you needed…

    when I was little, I wanted to be a ninja when I grew up….ninja…preacher….sigh..

  15. cwinwc says:

    Not very bright boys, eh? :)
    Reminds me of my first appointment with a College Counselor. When I told him I wanted to major in Education, he replied, “Are you nuts?”

    You probably have to be to be a minister or teacher.

  16. Matthew says:

    Serves them right, not wanting to be a preacher.

  17. cthoward says:

    I can’t help but think (from the comments and personal experiences) that one of the reasons we are looking at a shortage in preachers is because parents are discouraging it…

  18. Becky says:

    they’re young yet …..:)

  19. Anonymous says:

    Trey, I’m new to the blog, but I like your style! About my junior year in college I got the desire, the strong desire, to begin training for the ministry. I rejected that urge thinking I would miss out and instead chose b-school a cushy consulting gig and then equities trading (NO I’m not responsible for the current mess, thank you very much).

    I realize now, at the tender age of 28, after reconnecting with my Bible and Christians like yourself that what I missed most was in the path I did not take.

    rc

  20. TREY MORGAN says:

    RC – Never too late … never! :)

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