Sucked in, Washed up, and Blown over.

I have read this story a couple of time in books, by Max Lucado and Chuck Swindoll and I have seen it in a few messages over the years. I find it funny and sad at the same time as I am sure you will too. The Holy spirit brought this story to my remembrance this morning as I was praying about the New Year and many who will head back to work and what some would say back to reality.

John 14:26 (NLT)

26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

We are all used to seeing or doing the typical proclamation of New Year’s resolutions, Goals, stretch Goals and of course with great determination and drive.

Many of us also enter into the new year with missions, ministry opportunities, plans and itineraries that exceed, overwhelm us and we have not even got through the first week. Does that sound like you?

Some head into the new year with burdens they don’t want to carry but can’t seem to let go of.

My thought today is for us to remember in the midst of all that is happening in our lives and as we head into this new year, I still find myself asking the Lord to help me Stay On Mission in 2016, to continue to help us make a difference in people lives every day. We can make a huge difference and give people hope when they are overwhelmed by life and circumstances.

We carry the presence of God and so we can give Hope proverbs 13:12 says hope deferred makes the heart sick.

So as you head back to work or the regular routines of your daily life and ministry, make it your purpose and mission to find someone who needs hope and I assure you that “You don’t have to pray and ask for a Divine Appointment You Are One “ ( Pastor T. Edward Allen :Founder Storehouse Ministries Intl.)

So Give Hope, Speak Life, Release Joy and We Can Stay on Mission While We Give God Greater Glory.. Amen, Blessings Steve

Max Lucado begins his book, In The Eye of The Storm, with the story of a bad day in the life of a parakeet. He writes: Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming.

One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. Then next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over.

The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner.

She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up.

She’d barely said "hello" when "ssssopp!" Chippie got sucked in. The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum, and opened the bag.

There was Chippie -- still alive, but stunned. Since the bird was covered with dust and soot, she grabbed him and raced to the bathroom, turned on the faucet, and held Chippie under the running water. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do . . . she reached for the

hair dryer and blasted the pet with hot air. Poor Chippie never knew what hit him.

A few days after the trauma, the reporter who’d initially written about the event contacted Chippie’s owner to see how the bird was recovering.

"Well," she replied, "Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore -- he just sits and stares."

It’s hard not to see why. Sucked in, washed up, and blown over . . . That’s enough to steal the song from the stoutest heart.

Then Lucado goes on to ask; Can you relate to Chippie? Most of us can. One minute you’re seated in familiar territory with a song on your lips. Then . . .

The pink slip comes. The rejection letter arrives. The doctor calls. The divorce papers are delivered. The check bounces. A policeman knocks on your door.

Sssopp! You’re sucked into a black cavern of doubts, doused with the cold water of reality, and stung with the hot air of empty promises. The

life that had been so calm is now so stormy. You’re hail stormed by demands. Assailed by doubts. Pummeled by questions.

And somewhere in the trauma, you lose your joy. Somewhere in the storm, you lose your song.

Swindoll closes his story with these words: 'Chippy doesn't sing much anymore.' Life will test you, but don't let the struggles steal your song of life.

John 16: 33

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

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