Okay guys...2018 is about to be A YEAR (insert clapping hand emoji). I don't know what it is, but this year is already giving me good vibes, and I am so excited to see what it brings! BUT...I had a powerful revelation about 2018: in order for this year to be as great as it has the potential to be, DEAD WEIGHT HAS TO GO.
I know this is a common lesson that we all have learned along the way, but I think it's an important reminder as we step into a new year. This revelation came to me when I heard this quote about a month ago (I believe my pastor said this), "If you're not an addition, then you're a distraction, so you need to be subtracted." Whew. I would like to apply this to more than just friends - there are plenty of things in our lives that may be holding us back from what God wants to bless us with. For some, that may be a romantic relationship that is distracting you and for others, that may be a job that is holding you back from the job God has lined up for you.
I think it's beneficial to assess your life on a regular basis and ask yourself, "is there anything that I am doing or anyone that I am entertaining that is not adding value to my life?"
I've always been taught that if you're pouring yourself into someone or something that isn't replenishing your cup, it might be time to make your exit. For example, there have been plenty of times when I've given so much of myself to "friends" and guys as far as always being a shoulder for them to cry on, being available for them whenever they needed me, praying for them, etc. If they weren't additions to my life, it always ended with one of two outcomes: when it came down to my needs, they were nowhere to be found or they simply distracted me from doing what I needed to do to reach my blessings.
That is when I learned that it is okay to take myself out of situations that are only subtracting from my life. If we don't elevate each other, I don't need you around (this includes family too, I can love you from a distance). If I stop learning and growing on my job, maybe it's time to ask God about my next move.
It's easier said than done (trust me, I struggle with letting go), but free yourself of whatever it is that is holding you back. We say this every year, but I declare that THIS IS OUR YEAR (and so is every year moving forward). Let's make it our best year so far, starting by living freely. Free from toxicity, free from distractions, free from all dead weight!