Travel-guru, baseball wife, and my close friend, Carrie Gillaspie, shares her perspective of faith.
I am a big fan of a popular show on HGTV called “Fixer Upper”. If you’re not familiar with the show let me fill you in really quick. Chip and Joanna Gaines are a husband and wife house flipping duo. They buy and renovate old, beat-up and broken down houses and turn them into their client’s dream home.
On a recent show, Chip and Jo were renovating a house built in the 80’s. They had completed the demo of the inside, but soon into the magical transformation process, Chip found a problem with the house’s foundation. All of the work on the house came to a screeching halt. The next day they brought in a specialist to look at the foundation and diagnosis a problem.
When it comes to houses, the most important thing is a solid foundation. It could be the prettiest, most lavish, most wonderful house in the world, but if the foundation is cracked or built on unsteady ground it’s only a matter of time before it all comes crashing down.
The truth is our lives are like this too. We make assumptions about people based on the clothes they wear, their Instagram profile, or the car they drive, but we can’t see to their core just by looking. We can’t see what the foundation of their life is built on. It could be built on lies, false friendships, deceit, and bad will, but if it all looks good on the surface we might assume that person lives a wonderful and fulfilled life.
Honestly, the times in my life when everything has looked picture perfect has usually been the times when I was most lost spiritually. Much like Chip and Joanna’s house, visible parts of me were thriving, but my foundation was crumbling.
I’ve built my life on many different things: a lifestyle, a group of friends, a relationship, a job, you name it; I’ve built my life on it. They all made me happy for a while. Sometimes it was a week, or a month, or even a year, but eventually they all came crashing down, leaving me devastated, broken, and confused.
Most people think that it will be in the moments of our greatest successes that God will get us to where we ultimately need to be, but the truth is God usually uses our darkest moments to direct us towards the path he has planned for us. Each and every time, the foundation of my life crumbled around me, I felt God gently and loving reach down to me and say, “build the foundation of your life on me and all will be made right.”
As the wife of a professional baseball player, I have learned how quickly things can change. I don’t have to search very long on the Internet to find 5 articles saying my husband is the best first baseman, and 5 articles saying he’s the worst first baseman. He’s constantly being critiqued, analyzed and talked about, and usually by people he doesn’t know. Each endorsement, contract, article, and new team can seem like the be all and end all as it’s happening. But it’s not. It’s all fleeting, and giving it the power to control or dictate our lives will only leave us feeling empty and eventually broken.
It’s not that God doesn’t want us to celebrate our successes. He most definitely does! In fact, he wants us to celebrate with him! He wants us to know that each success and failure is a chance to grow deeper and stronger in our faith with him.
The truth is we are all “Fixer Uppers”. We are sinners, we are imperfect, and we make mistakes; but lucky for us, God is the ultimate flipper, and there is no one in the world that is too far-gone for God to repair. In every step of your life, in the good moments, and in the bad, resolve to always keep the foundation of your life in Christ, he’ll do the rest.
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