Duck Dynasty

Many of us are so completely plugged in, tuned in, or just plain wired that we begin to panic when our cell signal drops below two bars. I have even seen a few of my friends on their knees praying for a better connection. I guess for that reason alone, you could say that all of this technology is a good thing. But somehow, I’m not sure about that. Just last week I went out to eat with five friends and at one point we were all on our phones, texting, checking our email, or posting our where abouts on Facebook. We were together, so that we could be together, and we couldn’t have been further apart.

Television is another of those things that just seems to rob me of time and energy. I recently started watching A&E’s new hit, Duck Dynasty. The show features an everyday look at the lives of the Robertson family, albeit staged as it might be. But the truth is that you can ask anyone in Louisiana and they'll tell you that the bayou state's favorite first family doesn't live in the governor's mansion but in the backwoods, where this story unfolds. Together, the family runs a booming duck call business that employs half their neighborhood, but at the end of the day, you can find the whole family around the dinner table thanking God for all He has provided. The wise old patriarch Phil Robertson (picture ZZ Top in camo), spends most of his time trying to make sure his family never forgets where they came from. I think I’m drawn to this, because I realize that life is way to busy and the really important things in life are getting pushed out. We need more Phil Robertson’s  in this world to remind us that the old ways are often the best ways. The best thing I have heard old Phil say, was to his son who had a big decision to make. His advice was simple; “Anytime I make a decision, I take a walk in the woods and talk to the Almighty.” I think it’s high time we all took a walk in the woods. In fact, leave your cell phone on the kitchen counter and spend some time with the ones you love and the One you love.

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Who Are You In This Story?

I recently had the opportunity to attend a conference at which Gayle Haggard was speaking.  I was interested in what she would share so attended her session...I even sat on the front row.  What I heard astounded me.  Gayle is the wife of pastor Ted Haggard who was also president of the National Association of Evangelicals.  She shared that late one evening she was alone with her own thoughts for the first time since her husband's scandal had hit the media.  While lying there alone in the dark, she sensed the Lord asking her this question, "Who are you going to be in this story?" 

She determined from that time to be a true and loving wife even in the midst of this scandal.  She decided to refuse to listen to the Enemy's taunts and, instead, bathe her mind with the truth of God's Word.  She chose God's way.  Let me ask you, regardless the difficulty you are facing today, "Who are you going to be in that story?" 

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