Climbing on my High Horse
I shared a video across my social channels a few days ago showing me talking to a wonderful woman in her early 60’s at the conference I attended last week. In the video, I’m encouraging her to start planning for 70. I’ll get into the specifics of what I told her in a minute, so hold that thought, but you can see in the video how positively it was offered and received.
She messaged me later thanking me, it was such a precious and raw moment that my friend, Melissa, caught on video and it was the epitome of my heart for her and every woman who will listen to me.
The comments across both IG and FB were very positive…but there was this one. She simply said, “Grow old gracefully.” Ooh, Lort, I’m feeling the heat rise in my chest even as I type that, so let me compose myself and come back.
Do NOT Age Gracefully
Ok, I’m back. By the way, here’s the video if you’d like to check it out. The comment, however, was on my facebook page. In spite of the positive and encouraging exchange, this woman’s response was to age gracefully. Why would she say that?
Typically this sentiment is associated with women wanting to look their best as they age, and you’ll get the all too common, “you should just accept how you look and age gracefully.” But this video had nothing to do with how you look. It was centered around how she can set herself up for success in the areas of how her body moves, her finances, her marriage, and how many others she wants to have served in her business by then.
But that comment encompasses the apathy too many have come to adopt as an absolution of responsibility for their health. Scripture tells us that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
If there were still a physical temple and we were in charge of taking care of it, wouldn’t you want to make sure you honored the Lord by how clean you kept it? Wouldn’t you feel a vast sense of responsibility? I know I would. If our bodies are now His temple, why would we treat them any differently?
This statement is an excuse and a lie from the enemy to keep you from impact. If he can convince us that we should just give up and accept everything falling apart far earlier than necessary, then he has truly done his job in preventing us from living out our purpose here on earth with the vigor, vitality, and confidence that we otherwise could if we were intentional about choosing wise lifestyle habits.
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Set Your Decade Older Self Up for Success
I’ve told the story before about how, at age 40, I was so excited about turning 50. I had a list of goals and intentions I wanted to accomplish by then, which included: how much closer can I have grown to the Lord by 50, how many more women can I serve, how much stronger can I be, how much more can I increase my mobility, etc. This gave me things to look forward to. It’s a complete mindset shift and so different from the norm which is to worry about and dread how we’ll feel, look, move, etc a decade down the road. I now have immense goals and intentions set for 60 and I’M SO EXCITED to see how many I can accomplish by then!
I want to take you through the same exercise. Get out a pen and paper and write down your age in one decade from now. Now I want you to put down any that are core values. Here’s a list to get you started but change or add anything you’d like:
What do you want to be able to do physically? Come up with some goals. Ex: I want to be able to get up and down off the floor without using my hands. I want to be able to roller skate. I want to be able to have a complete range of motion through every joint…etc.
How much closer to the Lord can I be? Again, write down some specifics.
Where do I want my finances to be? The more specific in each category, the better.
How much more intimacy can me and my husband enjoy?
You get the idea. This exercise is SO powerful because it helps you focus on all you WILL accomplish, how you will change and grow in positive ways. This is a remapping and rewiring of the brain that is beyond impactful!
I’m so grateful for you, baby girl!
Love you, always!