Fixer Upper is a television phenomenon. The home-renovation show premiered to 1.3 million viewers on May 23, 2013. It has attracted as many as twenty-five million viewers.
Chip and Joanna Gaines were a little-known contractor and decorator flipping houses in Waco before their show made them overnight celebrities. They now employ more than four hundred people and own and operate Magnolia Market. They have their own line of paint colors, wallpaper designs, and furniture.
Their vacation rental booked for the year within hours of opening online. They launched a magazine and a housing development called Magnolia Villas. They are renovating the old Elite Café, a landmark in Waco.
Now they’ve announced that Season 5 will be their last. They assure us that nothing is wrong—”Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger.” As they explain, “This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment. Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses.”
Ending Fixer Upper at the height of its popularity is a surprising decision. But Chip and Joanna Gaines are led by Christ, not by the culture. As they have told the world, they follow Jesus. He is Lord of their lives, their marriage, their family, and their future.
In contrast to their uplifting show, today’s news is frightening. UCLA is offering depression screenings to all incoming students. More Americans are infected with sexually transmitted diseases than ever before. The governor of Puerto Rico warns that his island is on the brink of a “humanitarian crisis.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison