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Max Lucado shares the story of a parakeet named Chippie. Chippie’s owner decided to clean his cage...with a vacuum cleaner. She was almost finished when the phone rang, so she turned around to answer it. Before she knew it, Chippie was gone.

In a panic she ripped open the vacuum bag. There was Chippie, covered in dirt and gasping for air. She carried him to the bathroom and rinsed him off under the faucet. Then, realizing that Chippie was cold and wet, she reached for the hair dryer! Chippie never knew what hit him.

A few days later when asked how he was recovering. "Well", she replied, "Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore. He just sits and stares."

Have you ever felt like that? One minute you’re whistling through life, and the next you’re caught up in a whirlwind of unexpected events, you have no control over anything, and nothing you can possibly do has any effect . Life sucks you up into its vortex and just when you think you’ve recovered from one trouble, bam another something else happens.

Don’t be like Chippie the parakeet. Don’t let the song go out of your life.

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