Words from my heart
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!
Ecclesiastes 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
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