Chip and Joanna Gaines on TIME 100 List: Tim Tebow’s Touching Tribute Highlights Why

The 2019 TIME 100 list of most influential people has been announced and there are definitely some standouts on this year’s roundup. The list includes a range of people, from politicians, to celebrities, to journalists, to religious leaders, recognizing their efforts for changing the world. Chip and Joanna Gaines make the ‘Artists’ section of the TIME 100.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines make TIME 100 list

For anyone who has followed the trajectory of Chip and Joanna Gaines, former stars of Fixer Upper, you know that this couple have big hearts and big goals. They’ve effortlessly built an empire while raising a large family and being the best of friends throughout it all — as well as steadily built an enormous fanbase of admirers.

It’s easy to fall in love with the Gaines family, who are set to embark on their next adventure: their own TV network.

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Tim Tebow writes touching tribute to Chip and Joanna

As part of the TIME 100 list, friends of those who made the list wrote a small description of the character of those selected to further support why they were selected.

In this case, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow gives his take on the couple, writing: “Joanna and Chip Gaines are two incredible people with incredible hearts. Through remarkably hard work, Jo and Chip have created a platform to be able to impact lives with extreme generosity — first with their HGTV show, Fixer Upper, and soon with their own TV network.”

Tebow continued: “On Fixer Upper, when I helped Jo and Chip build an accessible home for a family with two children in wheelchairs, I saw firsthand the genuine passion they have for making a difference in people’s lives. (I also learned that Chip is just as competitive as I am, and that Jo is ready to tackle any problems that arise.) They are also grounded in a strong faith, which keeps them focused on what truly matters in life. People matter. Loving people matters. And Jo and Chip are amazing at loving people.”

Chip and Joanna celebrate the big and small moments in life

While the Gaines made a name for themselves in the home improvement space and have many big wins professionally, they also take time for the small moments in life, especially with their children. As Tebow noted, they are “focused on what truly matters in life.”

In an interview with Southern Living this year, Joanna explained how “Motherhood means everything to me,” adding, “Everything else in my life can go away, but that’s my thing That’s what wakes me up. It’s my heart — these kids.”

She also admitted that she’s “been through plenty of stages of guilt. It always creeps in. It paralyzes me,” but shared how that can be wasted energy and how she shifts her focus to what matters. Joanna explained: “I don’t want to waste a second of emotion on something that doesn’t create any good. I think, ‘What can I do to show my kids that I love them?’ Even if it’s making a cup of hot cocoa, it’s about finding little ways to connect. Time together as a family is a gift.”