Okay, I’m coming out of my duck blind (metaphorically, speaking). I’m not a duck hunter, but I’ve become a huge Duck Dynasty fan.
I recently read Phil Robertson’s book, Happy, Happy, Happy, which answered some questions that always nagged me: Who are these people? Why are folks going crazy over this group of rugged, bearded men? Is this Uncle Si guy for real?
Happy, Happy, Happy addresses these questions—and more—through Phil’s don’t-beat-around-the-bush look on life. He tells us about his less-than-perfect beginnings and how God turned him around. Staying in touch with God’s creation seems to be a common theme throughout Phil’s writing. For those wanting a dose of business savvy, the book also explains how Phil started his duck call business and how he molded it into the present-day empire.
God not only changed Phil, but He transformed the whole Robertson family. God used Phil and his wife Kay to build a happy and vibrant family. Like most of us, they have their ups and downs, but I love how each Duck Dynasty episode ends with the family sitting around a long table as Phil blesses the food. This one simple act really sums up each show and the whole Robertson clan—giving God the glory. Solidarity. Unity. Family.
Could it be that many of us identify with the Robertsons because they are a lot like us? Or perhaps, deep down, we want to be more like them. Christian institutions often paint a picture of what a Christian should be—how they should talk, look, and act. It’s frustrating—isn’t it? I have trouble getting there myself.
But look at Jesus and who he hung out with—rough, smelly fisherman. Jesus, himself, was the son of a carpenter. God has told us not to be face-profilers (don’t judge by the outward appearance). In the end, the heart matters the most. Through their rough exterior, we see the heart of the Robertson family—a heart that loves God.
I hope you go get a copy of the book or download it to your Kindle. If you have read the book or watched the show, feel free to leave your comments below. What do you think makes the Robertson family so popular?