The Joey Chronicles – Titus / “Family Ties”
When Pastor John was growing up he had an
imaginary friend named Joey.
These are growing up stories told from Joey's point of view!
Joey is back from the beach!
Joey didn’t have much use for the pictures of people hanging in the hallway of his house.
Not people hanging, mind you.
But people in pictures that were hanging in different places all over the house.
Some pictures were in color, some were in black and white, and Joey’s parents had explained them all to him at one time or another – but Joey had forgotten what they said because he just didn’t really care that much.
Until the summer that Joey went to Philadelphia with his Dad, that is.
Joey’s Dad had to go to big meeting and while he was in the meeting Joey got to read and explore and to meet some of his Dad’s friends. They were all old people and some of them were pretty boring but some of them actually liked Joey and showed him things he had never seen before.
Like the big cafeteria in the old hotel with plastic boxes full of sandwiches, fruit, desserts, and drinks. You put your money in the slot, turned the dial, and out came your food. It wasn’t always good food – but it was sure different from what Mom put on the table every night at home.
And the Liberty Bell with the crack in it. Joey got to see that along with a big pirate ship in Philadelphia wish some of his Dad’s friends.
After the meetings were over, Joey and his Dad went to New York and Washington D.C. They took the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building and looked down hundreds and hundreds of feet to the city below.
Well, Joey’s Dad looked down. Joey looked out – because his feet just seemed to stop moving as they inched their way closer and closer to the guardrail which was the only thing separating him from falling and falling and falling…
Enough of that. Remember Joey didn’t like heights.
And Joey and his Dad climbed the stairs to the top of the Washington Monument. And were so tired they almost weren’t to climb all the way back down!
When Joey got home he asked his Dad if they could put some pictures up to remind him of the trip. And to help him remember his new friends and the new places he had gone.
Joey’s Dad put a whole bunch of new pictures up in the hallway so Joey could remember his new friends. George, Dan, Mr. Peterson, the bellhop at the hotel in Philadelphia, Peter, Fred.
All of a sudden the pictures on the walls made sense. Joey’s “family” had grown. Now, along with his sister Kathy, his dog Happy, and his parents there were more special people in his life.
When the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to Titus he called him his “true son” because Paul had introduced Titus to Jesus and had helped him to grow. And Paul taught Titus how a “true family” acts towards each other so that Titus realized everyone that he met – no matter how old or how young – was important because of Jesus.
And if Titus were able to put pictures on his wall, he probably would have had hundreds of family pictures because of how he encouraged everyone to be a part of the family of God!