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The assumption is that if I expend myself for myself in the end all I’ll be left with is myself, and that alone is frightening. But what I’ve failed to consider is that I have to expend so much of myself living for myself that in the end I’m really left with very little of myself, and that is unimaginably frightening.


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CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Once I realize that the tune I’m whistling in my head is the theme that’s driving my heart, I su...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Until I realize that it’s all I gift, I can hold all of it and yet receive none of it.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
To deny the battle is unwise. To believe that I can fight it without God is insane. To actually do s...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The anticipation of loss is much more frightening than the actual loss as anticipation leaves room f...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
I would suggest that the prisons I incessantly create are not designed to lock me in, rather they ar...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Whatever the depth of our darkness, God navigated it eons before it was dark. And whatever the durat...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The problem is not that we don’t recognize the truth when we hear it. The problem is that we don...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Simply giving something ‘a shot’ is not giving something our ‘best,’ for our best is made up...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Sooner or later I will realize that the very things I most desperately need are the very things I am...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
We need to know that our limits do not define our limitations. And an empty tomb does exactly that.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
In the absence of faith, our dreams will move from feasible aspirations to implausible fantasy.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
If I am not at 'peace', then I can be altogether confident that I've placed a larger 'piece' of myse...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Truth is its own defense, therefore if something can’t speak for itself, it’s not truth.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The problem that I think I have with God is often not a problem at all. Rather, it is most frequentl...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
A lie is my attempt to tamper with the truth so that I need not face the truth. Yet as shrewd as I t...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Given the lethal enormity of sin and the inestimable value of a single soul, a baby in a manger and ...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
One of the greatest lies is to believe that we don’t have value. One of the greatest mistakes is t...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
My limitations abruptly define the frighteningly negligible extent of my existence, yet my soul utte...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Despite my intellectual attempts to grasp it, I remain confounded beyond all repair to understand ho...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
If I must know something in order to believe in it, what I am able to believe in will be severely li...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Things that are truly great need nothing from me, and to somehow think that they do speaks to my utt...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
My heart says, ‘This way.’ The world says, ‘That way.’ God says, ‘I am the Way.’ And if ...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
I’m not the author of my fears, but I sure feed them really well.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The choice to avoid risk is the choice to avoid living, and to avoid living is one of the greatest r...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Ignorance might be bliss, but it also has teeth.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
To live a fantasy is to avoid a life.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Love never lives on a one-way street, for it will always come back up the road bigger than how we ha...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
We have forfeited our calling for the simple reason that we’ve ignored the God who says that the ...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Maybe it’s a whole lot less about focusing on the fact that we’re all victims and a whole lot mo...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Tragedy descends, and in the carnage our enraged cynicism screams ‘If there was a God, He would no...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
We can only get to God through God. Every other possible avenue is a dead-end before it even starts.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The legacy I leave will be unimaginably enhanced by the legacies I received. Therefore, I must be wi...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Instinct is all of our humanity being deliberately honest with all of life.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
I often think myself to be so ingenious that I don’t even realize that my own plans may actually b...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
At the point that it dawns on me that I am not God I have finally made room for God.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The challenge is never based on the size of the obstacle that stands before me. Rather, it is dictat...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
To seek the praise of men as our motivation is to abandon truly great things, for more often than no...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The extent of God’s grace always eclipses the extent of my grotesqueness. Therefore, I can never b...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The world screams, ‘Stay down, it’s safer.’ My soul screams, ‘So is being dead.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Loss is an invitation to a journey of unparalleled growth, yet we seldom RSVP the invitation.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The road ahead is not some predetermined path that I am forced to trod, but it is a rich byway that ...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The ‘fact’ of my actions frequently collide with the ‘fiction’ of my words. And at what poin...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
What insanity would lead me to believe that I possess the power, much less the aptitude to manipulat...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
If those who cause destruction have come to be ‘newsworthy’, and those who heal the devastation ...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
I suppose that one of my greatest problem lays in the fact that I have assumed a blessing to be some...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
To assume that I can even begin to chart a ‘straight’ path is probably the best way I can take m...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
I incessantly look for water in wells dug by men, and I have drunk enough sand to prove it.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
I ask, ‘Is the cup half-empty or half-full?’ And when I ask that question, I am amazed at how ma...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
With God, the word ‘impossible’ is itself impossible.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
To be alone with myself in the space of silence is horrifying, for I know with the utmost certainty ...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Sure, things die. Yet hard on the heels of every death there comes a birth. And if the life around m...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
To simply survive appears to be the choice of the plodding hoards that wander all around me. Therefo...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
I much prefer not to fall, unless of course I am falling into the hands of God.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Authentic love is deciding to live on a one-way street where all the arrows point down the street an...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Instead of the weight that sinks us, consequences are often the life preserver that saves us.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
The more we construct lives that prioritize safety, the bigger the prison we construct around oursel...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Faith is the most unexercised muscle known to man.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
It is the fool who declares ‘I am ascending the summit,’ while he’s toddling around in the dit...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
I constantly pack my pockets full of worthless trinkets, and in such misguided gorging I leave my he...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
We can breathe in the sweet scent of a tepid summer’s meadow after the kiss of a warm rain, and in...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Comfort is not a goal that I seek, rather it is a place that I hide.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
Timeless principles never age, and truth is as young as the day it was spoken into existence.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
In the thoughtlessness of my incessant hurry, I have made God an ‘addendum in’ my life verses th...
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH