I probably don’t have to tell you that Chip and Joanna Gaines recently announced that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be their last. Tons of my friends are talking about it.
People are bummed, and I get it. No one likes it when one of their favorite shows ends.
I’m not sad, though, for two reasons:
1. I LOVE design shows, but I struggle watching them and not feeling discontent with my own home.
I adore Chip and Joanna. They seem like sincere, Jesus-loving, family-oriented people—that’s what so many of us love about them.
But I also struggle to watch their show and not feel like I “need” to improve my own home. For the most part, I intentionally avoid design shows like Fixer Upper for that reason.
To some that might sound extreme, but hey, it’s biblical to distance yourself from things that can draw your focus away from God.
I believe the Chip and Joanna are totally rocking out their show for the glory of God (and not for the purpose of making Diana Kerr feel discontent while watching it from her couch), but that doesn’t change the fact that my sinful nature globs on to that envy.
That’s reason #1, but here’s the much bigger reason why I’m not sad Fixer Upper is ending:
2. I’m really proud of Chip and Joanna for choosing what matters to them and giving others permission to do the same.
Amid lots of juicy, false rumors (I totally fell for the hoax about the skin care line!), a representative of the Gaines family set the record straight, “Chip and Jo’s decision to leave Fixer Upper is truly just based on wanting to catch their breath for a minute; to rest, refresh, and spend even more time with their family and growing businesses.”
Well done, Chip and Joanna.
Obviously they’ve got a lot of other stuff going on—it’s not like they’re going to sit around with their family all day and do nothing—but letting go of the show that made them famous is a bold, brave move.
And because they made that decision—a decision not based on fame but on what matters most—they just gave other people permission to do the same.
Plenty of people think they shouldn’t end their wildly popular show, but I bet they’ll never look back on this decision and regret it.
And yet here we are, you and I, holding on to things much smaller than a TV show, fearful of letting them go in favor of what really matters. Maybe it’s a job, a volunteer commitment, a toxic relationship, an immaculate home, or a perfect reputation, etc.
Whatever you’re holding on to that you know is not the ultimate thing, Chip and Joanna just paved the way for you to pull an Elsa and “Let it go, let it gooooo . . .”
Here’s the cool thing about that: If you choose to honor what matters most, you’ll give someone else permission to do that as well. See the ripple effect?
High 5 to Chip and Joanna for their courage! I hope God helps me—and you too—loosen our grip on what doesn’t matter as much to make space for what does—first and foremost, him!
Diana Kerr is a certified professional life coach for go-getter Christian women. For a FREE workbook from Diana, click here to download “3 Lies about Time Christian Women Tell Themselves & 3 Truths That Will Set You Free.”