Sunday thoughts #7: Thoughts on faith (and other stuff) by Anne Lamott

Posted: January 5, 2013 in believing, sunday thoughts
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Anne Lamott allowed my faith to be messy.  She reminded me that faith is trail and error, not a performance.   I figured if Anne Lamott can say fuck in a Christian book–if she can insult someone, manhandle her child, eat ice cream in depression– then so could I—I could be human again.  Churchiness takes the humanity out of you.  Anne somehow puts the humanity back into faith.

word_quotes “You were loved because God loves, period. God loved you, and everyone, not because you believed in certain things, but because you were a mess, and lonely, and His or Her child. God loved you no matter how crazy you felt on the inside, no matter what a fake you were; always, even in your current condition, even before coffee. God loves you crazily, like I love you…like a slightly overweight auntie, who sees only your marvelousness and need.”     ― Anne Lamott

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”   – Anne Lamott

“Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.”  – Anne Lamott

“I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and have no real certainty about anything. I remembered something Father Tom had told me–that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.”    ― Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do’. And mostly, against all odds, they do.”   ― Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” ― Anne Lamottanne_lamott

“It’s so awful, attacking your child. It’s the worse thing I know, to shout loudly at this 50 lb. being with his huge trusting brown eyes. It’s like bitch-slapping E.T.”
― Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“You can either practice being right or practice being kind.”
― Anne Lamott

“A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.”
― Anne Lamott, Joe Jones“

Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.”   —-Anne Lamott

“…most of the time, all you have is the moment, and the imperfect love of the people around you.”
― Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“You can tell if people are following Jesus, because they are feeding the poor, sharing their wealth, and trying to get everyone medical insurance.”― Anne Lamott

“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.”
― Anne Lamott

“She said to go ahead and feel the feelings. I did. They felt like shit.”
― Anne Lamott

“I worry that Jesus drinks himself to sleep when he hears me talk like this.”
― Anne Lamott

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