Lifted Book Study | Week 3, Chapter 6

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Lindsey starts this (almost) PG-rated chapter with a mortifying moment that will make you either laugh out loud or groan in sympathetic embarrassment.

If you’re a parent, you know the dread of hearing a child’s voice in your room at precisely the wrong moment. Even if you’ve never been in the exact same scenario that Lindsey shares, you can empathize with her, because you know how you would feel.

The point of this chapter is that the vulnerability of authenticity and corresponding empathy connects us all. Lindsey writes:

“The real, awkward, embarrassing, imperfect moments of life are what draw us together and make us think, I can relate to that! I really like her. She’s just as goofy, messy, or messed up as me! When you show up as you—imperfect, flawed, unsophisticated you—online or in person, you can capture people’s hearts and maybe even make a new friend.”

Letting down your guard and sharing your real life with your friends—and those who would be your friends if they really knew you—is scary and empowering. Scary in that you wonder or worry what people will think. Empowering in that . . .

  1. It doesn’t matter what people think.
  2. Your courage to be authentic may will inspire others to take off their masks.
  3. Your authenticity will open you up to new relationships with real people who like you—for you.

So what do you think? What does being authentic and vulnerable look like? Share your thoughts in the comments below.