Lifted Book Study | Week 3, Introduction

Welcome to Week 3 of the Courageous Heart Community Book Study featuring Lifted by Lindsey Hale.

In this week’s video intro, Lindsey drops some wisdom about perfectionism, shoulds and shame, and parenting. I think you’re going to enjoy it!

(Click the image below to watch it now, or use this link to access the video:

As we talked about the drive for perfection, Lindsey shared a quote that she’d written in her Bible sometime back: “What if instead of focusing on doing things perfectly, you focused on doing them faithfully?” I love that shift in perspective!

Being focused on faithfulness shifts the focus off of ourselves—our actions and our perceived (but false) sense of control—and puts it back where it should be: on God. That’s easier said than done, of course, but I want to encourage you to take a few moments today to consider what you may not be doing now because you know you can’t do it perfectly.

Here’s one simple example to get the ball rolling: If you’d love to spend an evening with friends but are waiting to invite people over until your house is spotless or you can manage to cook an elaborate meal—you may be waiting forever. What if you, instead, chose to invite people in, dust bunnies and all? Do you think everyone would have fun? Of course, they would! And your willingness to let people into your life may inspire others to follow suit—even if they can’t cook the perfect meal.

So what are you putting off because you can’t do it perfectly? What are you missing out on as a result?

Share your thoughts on the video in the comments. And before you go, be sure to grab the Weekly Guide here for the suggested reading plan for the week as well as the link to the guide for journaling.

Happy reading!