The premise of one of these shows--my favorite--is to help the client find a house in serious need of renovation. Then they turn the home into their dream home, while staying within the client's budget and time frame.
These houses are a wreck! I can't imagine anyone wanting to buy them without a greatly talented designer/contractor in charge, showing me what he can do to transform that mess of a house!
Here are some of my "light bulb" moments:
They can't create their dream home without first having a demolition. They must first tear down...all the way to the studs...before any restoration can begin. If they just put up new drywall, wood and tile, and slap on some paint they could be covering up a major problem which will continue to wreak havoc on the new facade. Those hidden things--leaking pipes, mold, faulty wiring, roaches, termites, dry rot--are far more costly than the surface ugliness. Also, they always make the clients participate in the demolition. They must be part of the process.
The demolition period is hard work, painful, expensive and it can be an emotional roller coaster. Can you see how spiritual and societal issues parallel this process? This process is just as important--if not more important--as the rebuilding process. Every issue, should first be stripped down to the roots, examined and fixed before being restored.
How much easier it would be for them to come in, renovate the home, make it beautiful, shake the clients hands, hand them the keys and say "Cut". They would have their show and the clients would have a new home. But the underlying problems would soon destroy the beautiful facade.
No, they don't take the easy, cheaper route. They get down to the studs (bare frame), examine what is hidden and remove the bad, destructive parts. Then they are free to make it beautiful!
God is our designer/contractor. Everything He does is RIGHT and IN ORDER. He has prepared a beautiful design for our lives. But first the demolition must come. He wants us to get down to the root of our problems and remove them from our lives. He knows, even though we may not, that those hidden issues will destroy the beauty of our purpose and all He has planned for us. We must participate in the demolition. We must get our hands dirty. We must not cut corners even though it may be painful and expensive and take too much time.
~~~Be blessed, Arlene