WALK THE TALK!
Chip & Joanna Gaines who have a TV real estate series in USA have a viewership of 24Million. They recently shared their story and I thought of the subtle power of influence as they were taught to walk the talk of faith!
Chip a contractor, and Joanna, a designer, work together to renovate old homes into something new and beautiful. But it’s not just the work they do that sets them apart. It is the way they relate with themselves and others that make the viewers see the difference in them. Chip mentioned how they have been surprised about the impact of their faith through the show.
Chip’s introduction to Jesus was through the Billy Graham ministry. His mum was a committed believer who worked for the publishing company which published Billy Graham’s books.
He also attended college with Billy Graham’s grandchildren. When he spent a week at their home, it was their father, Danny Lotz, who began to take Chip under his wing. Danny discipled and mentored Chip, teaching him how to live more like Christ. ‘Danny was not a pastor but was influential in showing me how to live out my faith even in a secular environment. He impacted my life by spurring me to shape my choices with faith and to walk in my faith,’ said Chip.
Chip went ahead to say “I learned so much from Danny, and he always spoke so highly of (Billy Graham). He said Billy Graham talked the talk and walked the walk. So, to this day I think about talking the talk and walking the walk because of Billy Graham and Danny Lotz.”
Years later, Chip and Joanna who was also a believer married. They had a store and sensed God wanting them to close it and start a renovation business. They did and not long after, a production company signed a deal with them for a TV renovation show that now has millions of viewership.
As I read the story of this couple and the way they credited their faith to helpful influences and discipleship; I could not but remember the word that says
‘..so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects. Bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Col 1:10
This programme gives them the opportunity to model Christ to the world. They have both been taught to walk their talk and now they get a chance to reflect the same to their world.
How about you? How are you walking your talk and influencing your world by your faith? Live your life daily with the intention of helping someone see your good works, come closer to God, and glorify your father in heaven.
God is on your side!
( you can read the interview of Chip & Joanna Gaines directly : https://billygraham.org/story/how-billy-graham-brought-the-gospel-home-to-chip-and-joanna-gaines/)
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