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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

I’m sure you’ve seen the show… “Bus Driver… MOVE THAT BUS!!!” then the Cardinal Coach pulls away and the family breaks down. It’s the part we all wait for. Yeah, the house is nice and all that, but the part we want to see is how this family reacts to this new amazing life that could begin because of the opportunity they’ve been given. It’s completely different from before. Even though there will still be problems in the house, many of the visible problems have been dealt with. It’s such a relief for them to know that they now have a new start. Many times the house has been paid for so there isn’t the baggage of the new debt they now owe for their new lives.

I’ve always wondered a few things though… What do they do with all of the stuff that they take from the old house? Does it all just get trashed? Is it put in storage somewhere and gotten out when the show stops taping? It’s important because although they were given a new house, the owners haven’t been trained on what it takes to keep the new house looking new. It takes a lot of time, money and resources to keep it looking nice.  From pulling weeds, to watering the newly laid sod to the so many new things they have in their new house that they didn’t have before… especially in the kids bedrooms.

But… what would happen if the home owner set some stipulations for their new home. I’m sure there are some already in place and we all know that when Ty gets on the bull horn and yells at the family to come out of their house in the beginning of each show that it’s staged. Who wouldn’t see a luxury coach pull into the driveway with camera crews and people stealthily sneaking off of the bus? At least the nosy cat-lady next door would suspect something… What if right after the part when they come outside and meet the team, they say this. “Hey, I know this is going to be on TV and stuff but here’s the thing. We have this room in the back that has all of our junk in it and we really don’t want to get into it because it’s full of stuff that we can’t stand… it smells, it’s moldy, and some of it has been there for a long time. I would rather if people didn’t know anything about that stuff. Could you just tear the rest of the house down and leave that room? Just leave it and build around it. We don’t really want to deal with that crap right now. We’ll get to it later but right now isn’t a great time.”

How would they respond? My guess is that they would be laughed at or stared at like they don’t get it. That isn’t a possibility… we can’t tear down the whole house but leave one room. Even if we could, how long would it take before that room overtook the whole house? In Colossians, Paul talks about this exact thing when he says to get rid of our old selves and put on the new one.  It seems like a hard concept to grasp when thinking about giving our whole selves to Christ but not nearly as difficult to think about when it’s related to something like the house.  My usual follow up question is ” If you think it makes no sense when we think about it in the terms of Extreme Home Makeover, why is it ok when it’s your life?” It gets them thinking about why they do what they do. Is faith really that important? If it is, why don’t they want to give everything over. They (we) seem to want to keep the room with all the  crap in it hidden from everyone so we look good. One of the great things about teens is that they haven’t all figured out that people may change their perception of them if they’re honest. In accountability, I’ve seen teens be much more open and honest than people twice their age. It’s something that sets them apart for the better. it’s a practice I’m trying to develop not only in them but myself. It’s tough but it’s one of the areas that adults can learn from teens. They have a fearlessness that adults can’t seem to match on a regular basis.

Categories: Faith, Teens, Youth Workers
  1. Jamie Freeze
    March 31, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Very good thought Brian, made me think! Thanks, Jamie

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