The Joey Chronicles – Path to Freedom / “Keep it Clean!”
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’s room had a lot of interesting things in it.
He had several bookcases filled with books and puzzles and games. There were trucks that rolled, dumped sand, and flashed their lights. There were cars with turning wheels and even batteries that made them move backwards and forwards.
Joey could spend hours scaring Happy the dog with the red Chevy that “all of a sudden” started moving with flashing lights whenever Happy walked in the room.
Joey especially loved the model airplanes and tanks and ships – his Dad still helped him to put them together but he was starting to do more of the work himself. He especially liked the smell of the model glue although Dad said he wasn’t supposed to like it that much.
“Why Dad? It smells good!”
His Dad never gave him a good answer but the smell reminded him of times with his Dad.
And then there were the army men. He had four boxes filled with plastic soldiers that he could dump onto the floor and begin major battles whenever he wanted.
“What’s a matter Mom?”
“I just stepped on another soldier. Every time I tell you goodnight I step on something. Now you get out of bed right now and pick up that floor. Call me when you are done and I’ll come back.”
With that she stomped out of the room flipping the light on as she went.
From the hall she said, “Oh, and I see those dirty clothes you pushed under the bed. You get them out and put them in the dirty clothes. Tonight.”
Under the bed. Joey still thought there was something creepy under the bed - especially at night.
“Joey, the light is on. I checked and there is nothing under there. Do it now.”
Joey pulled back the covers and got to work.
When Mom came back later she sat on the bed. “Joey, I tell you over and over to pick up your toys and clothes every time you play with them. If you do that, you will never have a mess like you did tonight. You need to learn to keep it clean.”
When we sin and can’t seem to stop it’s usually because we have waited too long to ask Jesus to forgive us and to get serious about doing things right.
If we “Keep it clean” – keep our hearts clean just like Joey’s room – then we don’t have to work so hard and struggle so much with the big messes that sin leaves because of our disobedience.
A prudent (smart) person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. – Proverbs 22:3.
We need to get smart and keep it clean – our hearts. Tell Jesus and your parents “I’m sorry” when you make mistakes so the consequences don’t grow bigger and bigger.
Because it is sort of scary to pull dirty clothes out from under the bed at night!