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Poor Chippie

A Galveston housewife had a pet parakeet named Chippie. The woman, however, made some terrible mistakes with Chippie. There are just some things that you don't do with parakeets!

While vacuuming the carpet one day, she decided to clean out of the bottom of Chippie's cage with her vacuum. MISTAKE NUMBER ONE.

The phone rang and she turned to answer the phone with turning off her vacuum cleaner. YOU GUESSED IT. Sssssp! Chippie got sucked through the tube and into the canister. MISTAKE NUMBER TWO.

She dropped the phone, shut off the vacuum cleaner, and opened the canister. There was Chippie -- feathers ruffled, dirt all over his little body. He was stunned but alive. She rushed into the bathroom, BIRD IN HAND. MISTAKE NUMBER THREE. She held Chippie under the faucet and turned it on full blast.

Then she spotted the hair dryer. MISTAKE NUMBER FOUR. She turned it to "hot" and "high." The blast of hot air did the trick, but it nearly finished poor Chippie.

The next day a reporter called back to check on the bird. "How's your poor parakeet?" he asked. She said, "Well, Chippie doesn't sing any more. HE JUST SORT OF SITS THERE AND STARES."

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