by Daniel Rodgers

Breaking that Habit
Dan Rodgers
Philippians 4:13
April 30, 2006

HUMOR: A woman went into the local pet store to buy a parrot to keep her company. She selected a beautiful bird, but the pet store owner said he didn't think she'd be happy with this particular parrot because he had belonged to a salty old sailor who used very bad language.

She replied that she knew with love and care she could break the bird of his bad habits and have a wonderful companion.

Well, the bird was not to be broken of his blue language and the woman had to hide him in the spare bedroom every time she had visitors. Finally, in desperation she told the bird she was going to put him in the freezer for 10 minutes every time he used bad language. Sure enough in just a couple of minutes the bird let out a string of obscenities. She put him in the freezer with him hollering and yelling his head off. After just a minute or two it got very quiet.....afraid that something bad had happened to the bird, she opened the door.

Out stepped the parrot, shivering and most pleasantly and politely he said "excuse my prior behavior, madam. I regret any dismay I may have caused you and promise never to use improper language again." Well, the woman was thrilled to hear these promises and was about to say so when the bird interrupted to say "By the way, madam, what's the chicken in for?"1

INTRODUCTION: This morning I want to talk to you about breaking bad habits. Whether it is the use of inappropriate langue or something else, I'm sure you would agree; everyone has something they wish they could get rid of or change in their lives. And let me add; a habit not dealt with can soon become our master.

It may be something as simple as wasting time. On the other hand, it may be something that affects our health, taking away years from our lives. Some habits can affect our relationships with others...they can antagonize friends, alienate loved ones, and they can affect our relationship with Go ...

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