“You have got to start a blog.” If she said it once, she said it 100 times. I fussed and pushed back and then finally admitted that what was holding me back was coming up with a good name (that and I wasn’t convinced I had much to offer and who needs more drivel). She retorted that there was always room for more drivel on the web and since I do a decent bit of public speaking, use a line I found myself repeating. And out it popped.
The messy middle.
I am called to encourage people to move from the extremes of either grace at the expense of truth, or truth at the expense of grace and to live fully in the messy middle where we hold both. “That’s it,” she said; and so it was.
“I had no idea what I was unleashing when I encouraged you to start a blog.” If she’s said it once in the last year, she’s said it 100 times. Yes, The Messy Middle was birthed a year ago this week. Like any one who has invested considerably in something new, something that requires a lot of time, something that you invest far more than you ever thought you would, I am in awe of how this experience has challenged me, taught me, exposed me to new people, frustrated me, changed and caused me to look at my identity, and enriched me in ways I didn’t know it could.
We are going to have a week of remembering and celebrating. I’m going to try to hit all of the love languages (thanks Gary Chapman) so there will be
- Quality time (a post a day)
- Acts of service (we can’t just keep all this fun to ourselves, now can we?)
- Physical touch (Oh Saturday, come quickly! I’m super excited about this one!)
- Words of affirmation (The person who makes a comment that moves someone else enough to respond to their comment will get a gold star.)
- Gifts (see below)
As a thank you to current subscribers, you are eligible for a drawing next Monday in which one of you will get a $20 gift certificate to a business of your choice. For those of you who aren’t subscribed, I will be holding a subscription drive this week and will hold a drawing next Monday for all who subscribed this week. You too can win a $20 gift certificate to a business of your choice (like amazon, itunes, Starbucks, that kind of thing).Pass the word on, let’s get 100 subscribed this week! I am humbled that you find this drivel of value. It’s been a great year, eh?!
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