Some posts require a follow-up, don’t they? Like my Just Give It Away post from Monday. I begged you to find things in your life that you aren’t willing to throw away. I asked you to pinpoint the good people and things in your life that you are committed to fighting for, no matter how hard that fight may get. I especially urged you to look at your relationships to value them enough to not just throw them away. All this leads me to my big follow-up post.
Some relationships DO need to be thrown away. Yep, it’s true, I said it. You see, I have spent a significant portion of my life trying to please people. Not everyone, obviously, but far too many. The sad fact is that many of those people who I have fought so hard to please will never be pleased with me. Heck, most of them aren’t even pleased with themselves.
Some people are just plain toxic. Some are just plain nosey. Some are just miserable, and you know what they say about misery. I have written before about the direction of your life being influenced by the company you keep. Some times you have to trim out the bad to make room for the better people God has waiting to earn more significance in your life.
Sadly, my life has become a predominately facebook life. There is little in person interaction. I intend to work to change that. In the meantime, some people have had to go.
I have never been a fan of blocking people on facebook. I have always just prayed that obnoxious people would come around. Sadly, that rarely happens. The fact is some people don’t deserve the voice they have in your life.
People who continually look into every word you say or post, trying to take offense or pick a fight. People who have no respect for you or your family. People who only want to be supportive of you when it makes them look good. People who search your words for things to gossip about.
Even if those people are family, they have got to go! Shame on them all the more if they are family. God has made you for greatness, He has big plans for all of us. Those plans are often hindered by allowing negative and toxic people to take up too much space in your life. There is that meme about being blocked and “the trash took itself out.” Well, I say it is more like disallowing the trash to continue taking up space in your living room. Don’t allow it. Send it to the curb, find the people worthy of your time, and go be the best you that you can be. I believe in you!