The Joey Chronicles – Hebrews 3:5-18 / Quit Complaining!
When Pastor John was growing up he had an imaginary friend name Joey.
These are growing up stories told from Joey’s point of view!
Why is it always easier to complain than it is to be happy and content?
Joey’s Saturday started with his dog Happy snuggled up next to him and the sun shining through the bedroom curtains that moved gently as the smells of summer filled the air.
“Joey, it’s time to get up. I let you and Happy sleep in an extra hour this morning because of the picnic today.”
Joey sat up and Happy looked up at him expectantly.
“Mom, Happy really doesn’t smell that bad. Do I have to give her a bath today?”
“Yes, you do. I want you to do it right after breakfast. I told your sister that she had to take her bath before we eat so you don’t have to wait too long.”
“Yuck – you mean I have to give Happy a bath in the same…”
Mom looked at him sternly, ‘Don’t push it Joey. Kathy had to get up earlier than you did so we could all eat breakfast together.”
Joey noticed it was 8:00 am. Time for Johnny Swift on the cartoon channel. “But Mom, can I eat in the family room so I don’t miss Johnny Swift? You always seem to have breakfast at the wrong time.”
“No young man, you will eat with the rest of us. I’ve made bacon, scrambled eggs, toast and we have that fresh strawberry jam Mrs. Austin brought over yesterday.”
“It looked like there was something in the jam – bug parts or something.”
“Those are just strawberry seeds Joey. Now get your clothes on and wash up for breakfast.”
Joey tripped over his Texaco gas station on the floor and Mom caught him just before he hit his head on an open dresser drawer.
“Ow Mom – you’re hurting my arms. Could you give me some privacy so I can put my clothes on? Please?”
Why is it always easier to complain than it is to be happy and content? It was sure easy for Joey!
Let’s see – A sunny sleep-in Saturday with a cuddly dog, bacon for breakfast, a picnic coming up later instead of stitches in the forehead – and all Joey could come up with were five complaints before he had even put his clothes on.
What were Joey’s five complaints?
In Hebrews chapter 3 God tells us to quit complaining, remember Jesus is the most important person in our lives, and encourage each other every day with the Good News of Jesus so our hearts don’t get hard and we complain like Joey did to his Mom.
Take a minute and draw a picture of one good thing that has already happened to you today.
Show it to your teacher and thank Jesus for whatever you drew. And keep saying
“thank you” to Jesus all day long!
Joey took another bite of the crispy bacon and said, “Mom that bacon is sure delicious. Thank you for giving me three pieces.”
“Why Joey, that is the first nice thing you have said all day. You keep complaining and you won’t be able to stop.”
“I’m sorry Mom. I’ll try to say nice things for the rest of the day. By the way, you sure are better at giving the dog a bath than I am!”
“Nice try, Joey.”
“OK, OK.” Joey grinned as he headed towards the bathroom with Happy at his heels.