The Joey Chronicles – Path to Freedom / “If God’s Against It, So Am I!”
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 Mom and Dad did something really smart that Joey didn’t know about until much later.
“Mom, tell me about when I was born.”
“Joey, I was in the hospital for a long time waiting for you to come. It was…”
“No, that’s gross Mom. Tell me about before I was born. Did I kick a lot just like Kathy did?”
“You sure did. But you moved around the most when we played music for you.”
“What? You played music – when?”
“When you were still inside me. Your Dad and I would play the stereo, I would play the piano and sing, and your Dad would even play his trumpet sometimes.”
“Dad plays the trumpet? Oh yeah, I forgot. He doesn’t play it much anymore does he?”
“No son, he’s too busy. At least he thinks he is! You used to play for jazz and dance bands before the war and he was very good.”
“So why did you play music when I was inside you?”
“Because we want you to be musical when you grow up.”
“Could I hear it?”
“I don’t know what you could hear, but your feet sure started kicking my tummy whenever the music was playing. We hope that helps you to love music as much as we do.”
“I do like it Mom, except I get so tired of practicing. Especially when the guys want to play football outside.”
“Joey, I am hoping that one of these days you will thank us for helping you to keep going with your piano lessons.”
Joey thought back on that conversation as he sat in Mr. Kuhnhausen’s 4th grade class. He clutched his music and waited for the all-school assembly to start in the cafeteria. He was going to be playing the piano for the Star Spangled Banner. In front of everybody.
He thought about all those mornings and evening of practicing the piano. The tick-tock of the metronome that drove him nuts played in his head. And he realized he wouldn’t be doing something this special if he had cheated and disobeyed his Dad and Mom by going outside every time Frankie and Scottie and Mike wanted to play ball.
God doesn’t like it when we disobey our parents. Especially when they are trying to do something that is good for us.
Joey decided that if God doesn’t like me disobeying my parents, I’m going to try to do better obeying myself. In fact, if God is against it, I am going to be against it too. And if God is for it, I am going to be for it. Joey was learning that God only wanted the best for him too.
Joey stood up on trembling legs, marched out of the classroom and down the breezeway to the cafeteria.
“Hey Baker, you going to play some ‘mewsic’? Are you scared? Don’t mess up!!”
Joey smiled to himself, walked straight ahead and soon he was playing for – everybody.