The Joey Chronicles – Living Faith – Hebrews 4 / Escalators!
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!
“Son, the hardest work you will ever do is learning how to ask for help.”
Joey’s Dad had come down to the basement to see how Joey was doing on the big model ship that was a surprise gift under the Christmas tree three weeks earlier.
It was a plastic model of the S.S. Titanic and it seemed like the model was almost as big as the ship itself.
When Joey opened the package he just sat there measuring the box with his eyes, looking at the beautiful picture on the cover, and wondering if it would fit on his bedroom dresser when he finished putting it together.
Joey had quite a few model planes hanging from his bedroom ceiling but this was his first ship. The S.S. Titanic instruction pages were more complicated than anything he had ever seen.
Joey had a great place to work on his model. It was call the rumpus room. He didn’t know exactly what that meant but it had something to do with being a room where you put everything that didn’t fit anywhere else. Old lamps, a broken rocking chair, the clock that quit last summer.
The rumpus room was at the bottom of the stairs to the right. If you turned left you went into the family room. But the old work bench filled with half-finished and forgotten projects was the perfect place to build the S.S. Titanic.
Joey knew his Dad could build models. But this was Joey’s project and he was going to do it all by himself.
So Joey started following the instructions. One step at a time, one little piece at time. The smell of model glue filled the rumpus room and it smelled good. The large table lamp gave Joey plenty of light to find the little pieces he dropped onto the newspaper covering the workbench.
Four days into the project Joey was feeling pretty good about himself. He was following directions, he hadn’t broken any of the parts and he was finally ready to paint the long, sleek hull of the ship.
“Dad, can we go pick up some paint for my model?”
“Sure, son. How much do you need?”
“I need seven of those little bottles of paint and a couple of brushes.”
“Seven? That is a whole lot of painting! Let’s go, then”
Joey and his Dad went to the toy store where they found the little bottles of Testors paint with numbers like I-67 and L-44 on them and they brought them home just in time for dinner.
After dinner Joey ran downstairs and picked up the bottle of R-32 red paint. He had decided to paint the hull first. He shook up the paint, unwrapped a new paint brush and started brushing red paint on the white plastic.
And here is where he got in trouble.
He couldn’t seem to make a straight line of red paint that went along the plastic line halfway up the hull. And when he tried to rub away paint with a rag it just smeared even more in places it shouldn’t go.
Joey muttered to himself, “I can’t do this.”
But he kept trying and the red paint seemed to have a life of it’s own as it smeared on the white hull.
Joey used turpentine to try to remove the paint and it smeared even more.
Joey’s dog sensed something was wrong and left the rumpus room, heading back upstairs.
‘DAD, I CAN’T DO THIS!!!”
Joey didn’t know that his Dad had been watching him from the door.
“I was wondering when you were going to say something. You have been working day and night on this model and I’m so proud of you. But there is something you need to learn.”
“Son, the hardest work you will ever do is learning how to ask for help. Do you want me to help you?”
“Dad, I can’t do this without you. Would you please help me?”
So Dad showed Joey how to clean up the red paint, how to use painter’s tape along the hull to get the line straight, and how not to smear paint everywhere in the process.
“Thanks Dad. I knew you could do it. I just didn’t want to ask for help.”
When it comes to trusting Jesus there is one thing we need to do to know for sure that we are going to heaven.
Ask for help.
“Dear Jesus, I believe in You. I believe that you died for my sins and rose from the dead because You love me. I trust You and want to follow You.”
Have you done that yet?
Jesus is just waiting for you to ask for His help just like Joey’s Dad was ready to help Joey – when he asked for it.
If you haven’t put your trust in Jesus yet – do it today! There’s no better time than right now!