by J. Gerald Harris

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How to Have a Happy Life (2 of 4)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Proverbs 17:22

Gary Carr tells the story of Chippie the parakeet: "Chippie never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage sending a song into the air. The next second he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over.

"His problem began when his owner decided to clean his cage with a vacuum. She had stuck the nozzle in to suck up the seeds and feathers at the bottom of the cage when the nearby telephone rang. Instinctively she turned to pick it up. She had barely said hello when -- sswwwwwpppppp! Chippie got sucked in. She gasped, let the phone drop and switched off the vacuum. With her heart in her mouth she unzipped the bag.

"There was Chippie -- alive but stunned -- covered with heavy gray dust. She grabbed him and rushed to the bathtub, turned on the faucet full blast and held Chippie under a torrent of ice cold water, power washing him clean. Then it dawned on her that Chippie was soaking wet and shivering, so she did what any compassionate pet-owner would do. She snatched up the hair dryer and blasted him with hot air.

"Did Chippie survive? Yes, but he doesn't sing much anymore. He just sits and stares a lot. It's not hard to see why. Sucked in, washed up, and blown over. It's enough to steal the song from any stout heart."

Maybe that's how you feel at times -- sucked in, washed up, and blown over.

Maybe you feel like that describes your life. Well, today we're going to be talking about how to be a victor instead of a victim; how to rise above your circumstances; how to mount up with wings as eagles; how to be a joy-filled Christian.

In our text the Bible says that "a merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Someone has well said that "a religion that wears grave clothes ought to be buried." And I believe that a Christian without joy is a contradiction in terms. So this morning we want to talk a little bit about how to have a happy life; how to soar with the eagle ...

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