Happy New Year!!!

imageHappy New Year from the Popped Black Woman Blog!!!

There are so many really good articles/blog posts about new year resolutions. One that really made me stop and go “yassssssss” several times in my head can be found here.

However, I still want to leave you all with just 3 of the things I want to see less of, if at all, in 2015 and what I’d definitely like to see more of.

1) Less competition and more edification
I chose the word “edification” because of the spiritual component of it.
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. (‭I Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭11‬ NKJV)

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭11-12‬ NKJV)

The Merriam Webster online dictionary links the word “edify” with “uplift” or “build.” The term usually means build up in moral or religious knowledge. Here, I simply want to encourage everyone to build each other up as we pursue our own individual endeavors instead of talking smack behind your brother or sister’s back. Or even feeling like you have to out-do someone else.

We weren’t all meant to do the same things. We each were born with certain gifts. Instead of competing with our brothers and sisters, let’s focus on how to make each other reach our fullest potential. Let’s help each other be the people that God intended us to be. Isn’t it true that when our brother/sister gets their blessing, ours is right around the corner? 😉

2) Less negative self-talk and more self-love
Yes, it sounds kinda hokey but if you’re anything like me, you could treat yourself better than you do now. I have to admit that when I look in the mirror, I usually see the things that I don’t like about myself before I see the things that I like. In 2015, this has to change.
When you really think about it, are the people we find attractive whether it’s because of their appearance or personality without any flaws? Is that why we like them? Or is it because they carry themselves with love, boldness, and authenticity? I think it’s more of the latter. I pledge to first love myself before letting that hypercritical voice in my head make me feel less than I am.

3) Less “yes” and more “no”
We all have a lot on our plates. Now and then, people will ask you to do things that either you don’t have time to do or simply don’t want to do. We would be a whole lot happier and less fake if we simply refuse to let people guilt-trip us into doing things that we can’t give 100% of our best selves to.

That’s all I have folks. Embrace all this new year has to offer and keep the momentum up the whole year long, not just until February. Stay p.o.p.ed people 👊