This past week, I received an email from Lara Casey. The email went out to all those on her email list to share her blog post about her 2016 Goal Setting series. In the past, I would probably have just skimmed over something like this, maybe even deleting it all together. Goal setting and I have never been the best pair, you see. However, it is my hope and prayer that 2016 is a year of intentional and purposeful living, so I clicked through to the blog post. In it, it felt as though Lara was speaking directly to the heart and soul of this blog and why I am here writing for you all.
Back in 2013 when I first carved out this little corner of the internet for Messy Milestones, I didn’t have any grand plans for it. For about a year, this blog was a “.blogspot.com” blog, rather than a “.com”. Trust me, if you are a blogger than you know that those two things can immediately identify the “serious” bloggers from the casual ones.
Messy Milestones was almost deleted a handful of times and it was created originally just to be a personal blog; an online journal of sorts. I guess it still is in that respect, although I still have a hard time categorizing this space as one specific thing. Even the meaning behind the name “Messy Milestones” has evolved over the past two years. At one point, I thought that I might want to have this be a “teacher blog” and so “Messy Milestones” fit the bill since I am a Pre-K teacher and newsflash, four year olds are messy.
Lara Casey, on her blog, declared 2016 to be “The Year of Getting Messy- embracing imperfect grace-filled progress” and my heart just sighed and said, yes. So often, we find ourselves chasing down the idea of perfection and always having “it” together. But friends, excuse me for stating the obvious, but life is not perfect. It’s messy and I do a terrible job of be gracious with myself when things don’t always turn out the way I plan. Our day to day lives are probably the furthest thing from perfect, but that’s okay with me. Our weaknesses and imperfections are made perfect in Jesus Christ.
My ultimate hope for Messy Milestones is that this place becomes a place for fellowship, encouragement, some serious talk, and inspiration. This place is about celebrating our messiness and all of the small, delightfully imperfect moments. We all have a unique testimony and walk with Jesus Christ. The journey isn’t always pretty. God never promises us that the road will be smooth, but He does promise to be with us every step of the way.