“Are Ya’ll Ready to See Your Fixer Upper?”

“We take the worst house in the best neighborhood and we turn it into our clients’ dream home,” Chip Gaines says during the opening theme of the HGTV show Fixer Upper. Chip and his wife Joanna pour time and energy into dated real estate, revealing a charming home for their clients within each 45-minute episode.

Fixer upper
Source: HGTV

My family and I watched a re-run last week of their renovation of The Pit, a two-story house purchased for $10,000 and complete with layers of abandoned junk and squirrel infestations. “This is not the right house,” their client said.

Clint and his wife Kelly saw the bullet holes in the siding and the trash in the yard, but Joanna urged them to look deeper. “This is what we do,” she said, also reminding Clint of his own profession as a woodworker. “Everyone’s throwing it away, you see vision for it.” The house wouldn’t stay this way.

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Book Review! “Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World”

I don’t really feel like going to work tomorrow.

And it’s not because of where I work. I love what I do and everyone I work with. But some days I’m tired of the…regular-ness.

It’s crazy just how much of what we do each day we do again the next day. The alarm wakes us up. Then the snooze alarm wakes us up again. We make the bed. We clock in at work. We change diapers or wash dishes or file the report.

Tomorrow there will be more reports. More diapers. Always more dishes. And my bed won’t make itself. What does it mean when we cover the same ground every day? What do we accomplish by doing the same ordinary things day after day after day? Continue reading Book Review! “Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World”