There aren't many things in life that make me anxious or freak me out. I mean, I'm pretty grossed out by snakes, but other than that, I'm not scared of heights, dying or public speaking...so that pretty much covers the gamut of human fears. However, the thought of not caring someday and not aging gracefully is a bit unsettling, to say the least. You may chuckle, but this is real life to me, people. I want to be riding an escalator in Neiman Marcus and be mistaken for Linda Rodin or later on, and even better, Iris Apfel. Now that's some serious glamorous granny goals.
I've jokingly stated on several occasions, "My greatest fear in life is becoming an old woman who wears velcro tennis shoes." Well, this day came 60 years too soon (keep scrolling for the evidence). WHO AM I?! Who knew such kicks would be considered trendy! Not only do I wear them, I unashamedly endorse other people wearing them too. I support it, I live it, I breathe it. Hi, my name's Jessica and I'm wearing velcro shoes. Hi, my name's Jessica and I'm doing something I never thought I'd do. Even though I'm serious as all get out...I realize it's a rather silly topic. This thought, though, crosses various lanes in my life, being true across the board.
Have you ever ended up doing something you said you'd never do? I mean something much more serious than velcro shoes. Move somewhere you said you'd never live? Have you experienced heartache, disappointment, tragedy, loss? Are you in a season of waiting?...for a house, spouse, baby, a job? The list goes on. But how did this happen to you? It wasn't supposed to be like this.
How do you respond when life looks different than you imagined?
- Where is your hope? Are you looking to the people around you to be the answer? (Psalm 42:11, Jeremiah 29:11)
- Do you compare your journey to others? (Galatians 6:4, Hebrews 13:5-6)
- How do you define success and how do you measure obedience? (Proverbs 3:1-4, 1 Samuel 15:22)
- What thoughts consume your mind? (Philippians 4:7, Colossians 3:2, John 16:33)
- Are you worried about the future? (Philippians 4:6, Matthew 6:25-34, Romans 8:38, Matthew 11:28-30, Colossians 3:15)
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