With Love, Laura Beth

Words from my heart

Demo Days

Dear Chip and Joanna,

How are you? You’ve been on my mind since Christmas. During the holiday season, I spent several days on the couch fighting a nasty cold and I rang in the new year with, oh, about 50 hours of HGTV under my belt.

Of all the shows, I fell in love with yours—I fell in love with you! Who hasn’t? You’re America’s newest sweetheart couple. Joanna, your design style is warm and inviting, just like you. Chip, your charming antics are a blast to watch. Together, you are a dream team of love, joy, and creativity.

So, why am I writing? Joanna, in one Fixer Upper episode you said, “Chip loves demo days.” That hit me like a sledgehammer because I have a four-year-old grandson who loves knocking toys over, sometimes making them fly across the room. In early December, I had had a gentle talk or two with him about treating toys more kindly, with special emphasis on not destroying what others have built. My sermon may have included “you shouldn’t” and “don’t.”

But when I heard that Chip loves demo days, words from Ecclesiastes flashed across my mind: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

Even demo days!

Demo DaysEcclesiastes 3:3 tell us, “There is a time to tear down and a time to build.” Chip and Joanna, thank you for reminding me of Solomon’s wisdom. I can’t wait to play Demo Days with my grandson and clarify that it’s OK to have fun knocking toys over. Of course, I’ll include lessons on timing and safety.

You’ve got me thinking about something else, too. Because it’s January, many of us have personal renovation on our minds—health and finances are top concerns. I can’t help but wonder, though . . . could it be that many of us struggle with making positive changes  in our lives because we don’t have demo days?

Could it be that we focus on remodeling our exterior and overlook our interior? I noticed a common theme while watching the HGTV renovation shows—costly discoveries often lurk behind walls. What’s behind our walls?

Do our thoughts have faulty wiring?

Do our hearts have dry rot?

Do our beliefs have weak subflooring?

We can’t know unless we take time for a thorough inspection. We need to assess our condition and then take action, possibly with a sledgehammer.

Chip, even though you love demo days, it’s clear they take hard work. And it’s clear that renovations need someone with vision to guide the project. Joanna, you have a gift for seeing beyond damaged, dilapidated walls.

You see HOPE.

You saw hope in the Silos, the Magnolia House, and even the 15th Street disaster.

Chip and Joanna, you embody Ecclesiastes 3:3. With wisdom you tear down and build. You face challenges together, and with a team of hardworking people, you give fixer uppers new life.

You show us that demo days make way for beautiful reveals.

You remind us that we don’t have to walk alone, and that we can have some fun along the way.

Thank you for inviting us into your home and your hearts. Thank you for giving us hope.

I’m ready to swing the hammer.

With love,

Laura Beth

Click here for Chip and Joanna’s website

“Old Hammers” Image courtesy of phasinphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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6 comments on “Demo Days

  1. Jana
    February 9, 2016

    So many thoughts – lovely new format, excellent thoughts in the post, perfect photo, fun link to that HGTV show. . . thank you for letting me know about this post, Laura Beth!

    • Laura Beth
      February 10, 2016

      Why, thank you, Jana! It was fun remodeling my blog site, and writing this post. Your thoughts are deeply appreciated.

  2. Ruth Quiring
    January 25, 2016

    This is just awesome Laura Beth. So true. 20 month old Rowan loves crash bang with the toys too. Always hard to teach respect and differentiate between good clean boy fun and not being overly destructive and aggressive. Those boy children do love some action. Love it. Love you.

    • Laura Beth
      January 25, 2016

      Thank you, Ruth! Little ones keep us on our toes, don’t they? Always wonderful to connect with you. Love you, too!!

  3. Deb
    January 24, 2016

    So happy to see a post from you, LB! Loved what you had to say!

    • Laura Beth
      January 24, 2016

      Ah, thanks Deb! The little charm you gave me that says “Tell your story” still sits on my desk. Your encouragement always means so much!

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