The Joey Chronicles – 1 Thessalonians / “WAKE UP!”
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 didn’t know if he was awake or asleep. Sometimes in the morning it is hard to know whether the thumping you hear is real or coming from somewhere in dreamland.
He was hoping it was a dream, because he didn’t feel like moving just yet. It was early Saturday morning, he didn’t have to get ready for school, and there would be no honking bus outside to interrupt his daily bowl of Cap’n Crunch cereal.
Joey still didn’t know if he was awake or asleep. But he thought the thumping was just a little bit louder. And the bed seemed to move just slightly. If this was a dream, it sure seemed real!
Nothing feels better than a soft pillow when you are waking up – and you don’t want to. And as Joey turned his head to make it sink deeper into the pillow he realized he must be awake.
The waking part of Joey’s day usually started with Parker the cat jumping up onto the bed, circling quietly around Joey’s legs, and then sitting with his yellow eyes 4 inches from Joey’s face – staring. That would continue until Joey moved or Parker got tired of staring.
When Parker moved again Joey would hear one bark from Sara, his dog. Sara couldn’t jump on the bed anymore but wanted to be next to Joey just like Parker. One. Bark. But Joey knew another one was coming if he didn’t get down on the floor to play with Sara soon!
Joey knew he was awake now, but he couldn’t figure out where the thump-thump-thump was coming from. It got louder. Parker jumped off the bed. Sara barked again – insistently.
The thumping stopped. And all of a sudden with click of the claws and a WOOSH and a sigh Joey knew where the thumping came from.
Fred the new beagle had just flown through the air and deposited himself next to Joey’s pillow, rolled over, and didn’t move a muscle as if he wasn’t sure whether he should be on the bed or not.
Joey wasn’t sure either. Fred was not just a beagle, Fred was a big beagle. And even though his long legs and lean body fit in the center of the bed, Joey knew that Fred knew that Joey might just kick him off.
But Fred was smart. He didn’t move. And when he did he snuggled closer to Joey as if to say he belonged right where he was.
Joey put his arm around Fred and gave him a big hug before getting on the floor to play with Sara. And Parker. And then Fred again. And then Sara, so she wouldn’t be jealous. Then Parker who was hungry…
The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians that there are two kinds of people. Those that don’t know Jesus and are asleep and those who do know Jesus and should be awake.
Joey knew that his friend Taylor down the street didn’t know Jesus yet and that he better WAKE UP! and tell him about the love of Jesus right away – before anything bad could happen like what was going to happen when God judged the world and those who had refused to trust Jesus.
Joey was glad he knew Jesus. But he was a little scared for his friend Taylor. Jesus was too important for him to not say anything. Joey knew he could also invite Taylor to church so that he could hear about Jesus from his friends and teachers as well.
Have you talked to your friends about Jesus? If you haven’t, WAKE UP! Ask Jesus to help you be brave enough to say something.
And if it takes a big, lovable beagle to wake you up, call Joey. He’ll bring Fred over for a few hours.