The Joey Chronicles – “Steaks On The Fire”
07/02/2017 – Father’s Day
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!
The dusty trail stretched out in front of the weary travelers like a snake moving in and out of the trees and sage brush. The air was dry, each hoof beat left a dusty cloud that added to Joey’s thirst as he rode high in the saddle.
Evening was coming, and the orange glow of the setting sun spelled relief from the heat of the day as the five riders headed towards the distant mountains. Their goal was to reach Tucson Arizona by Friday but tired horses and few waterholes made that goal a pipe dream.
Joey’s hand moved from the saddle to his side and he pulled his trusty Colt .45 out of its black leather holster. Using both hands, Joey spun the cylinder to make sure every chamber was filled. Night time was especially dangerous with bandits and Indians moving freely throughout the Southwest Territory.
Would they be attacked tonight? Were his four friends enough to hold off a determined bunch of outlaws? Where was the militia the governor had promised to help them?
Joey put his weapon back into the holster and gripped the threads of the fire hydrant that served as his saddle above the long sidewalk.
“Joey?” Your Aunt is taking us to Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner. You can keep the cowboy clothes but you have to put your gun away right now.”
The Arizona desert disappeared and Joey came back to reality. The hills of San Francisco glowed in the sunset and Joey knew that Tucson would have to wait.
“Mom, can we go back to the motel and have a bowl of cereal or something? I’m tired.”
“No Joey, you need some real food. You’re old enough to eat solid food not milk and cereal every meal.”
Joey thought about the steaks and beans over the open fire that he had seen on TV. John Wayne had been eating with friends in the Arizona desert.
Steaks or Cheerios? Joey unbuckled his holster and knew it was time to grow up.
Hebrews 5 says there are a lot of Christians daydreaming their lives away and living on milk when Jesus has solid food in God’s word that makes you ALIVE and not just living. The milk of the Word is good but it will never be enough for you to really live the exciting life God has for each of us.
Keep learning about Jesus, keep telling your friends that you love Jesus and that Jesus loves you! Keep praying and obeying! It’s like putting steaks on the fire and being the kind of grownup Jesus wants you to be.
Here is a picture of Joey when he was four wearing his cowboy clothes in San Francisco!