Chip and Joanna Gaines are best known for their HGTV series, “Fixer Upper,” in which they renovate houses for couples looking to buy new homes.
What you may not know about them, however, is that they also have a lot of wisdom to share when it comes to bringing people together. After recently being criticized for attending a church where the pastor’s stance is anti-LGBT, Chip decided to explain something we all need to hear in a heartfelt blog post called “Chip’s New Year’s Revelation.” He has an amazing message about the power of diversity, so we’ll let him tell it in his own words.
“Jo and I sometimes don’t see eye to eye on stuff. She looks at something one way and in her gut she thinks she’s right and I look at it an entirely different way,” he writes. “If Joanna and I, who are best friends, don’t see lots of things the same way – how on earth do we expect a world of strangers to magically align?”
“The reality is, we may not all get on the same page and I think that’s okay.”
“This past year has been tough. In my lifetime, I can’t recall humanity being more divided…a house divided cannot stand.”
“If there is any hope for all of us to move forward, to heal and to grow, we have got to learn to engage people who are different from us with dignity and with love.”
“Joanna and I have personal convictions.”
“One of them is this: we care about you for the simple fact that you are a person, our neighbor on planet earth. It’s not about what color your skin is, how much money you have in the bank, your political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or faith…we’re already pulling for you.”
“We want to help initiate conversations between people that don’t think alike. Listen to me. We do not all have to agree with each other.”
“Our family wants to fight for a world that knows how to lovingly disagree. We believe it starts when we operate from a position of love in all things.“
(via Magnolia Market)
“We propose operating with a love so real and true that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside the very people that are most unlike you. Fear dissolves in close proximity. Our stereotypes and vain imaginations fall away when we labor side by side. This is how a house gets unified.”