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Craig D. Lounsbrough
We look around us and we find ourselves confused as to why the world has fallen into such deep darkness. And standing in this descending darkness, what we need to realize is that the farther we move from God, the darker everything gets. And no light of man can illuminate that kind of darkness.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
We ask, 'Why the need for God?' Maybe the better question is 'Why the need not to need Him?' And could it be that that question in fact evidences our need for Him?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
You are not made in 'your image'. You are, in fact, made in 'God's image'. Therefore, which one are you looking for when you look in the mirror?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I've prayed, I never have to worry about being the first one to show up.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If God had to build a door, it's because we erected a wall.
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Sometimes life has to strip us in order to save us.
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Maybe we should remember that logic constructs a box that is far too small for wonder to take up residence in. Therefore, the crucial question is, 'Will we choose to live there if wonder cannot?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Tragedy descends, and in the carnage our enraged cynicism screams 'If there was a God, He would not have allowed this!' And somehow we've conveniently forgotten that once upon a time He allowed us to tell Him to go away, and once upon that time we allowed ourselves to take Him up on that offer.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
God's absence in the carnage is due to one single rather unnerving fact; that at some time past He honored our request that He leave. And if we are not brutally honest with ourselves regarding that choice, it is we ourselves who have set the stage for the next tragedy.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The world is shaken by major events, but it is 'transformed' by slight subtleties. And while we may be far too small to create even one major event, we are just the right size to craft a thousand subtleties.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
At the moment that everything goes dark, the sunset in front of us becomes the whole story. But if we find courage enough to wait until tomorrow morning, we will suddenly come to understand that in reality yesterday's sunset was only half of the story.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
In the end, if we don't have God we don't have anything other than an end.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The darkness that follows a sunset is never so dark that it can change the inevitability of a sunrise.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Tomorrow' is the thing that's always coming but never arrives. 'Today' is the thing that's already here and never leaves. And because that's the case, I would much prefer to invest in today than sit around waiting for an arrival that's not arriving.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Ethics are the things that say, 'Don't stick your finger in the socket.' The world says, 'It's okay because we've shut off the electricity.' And at the point that we've chosen to listen to the world and ignore our ethics, we say, 'I'm having a really hard time getting back up.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Faith is rare because fear is rampant. For faith will demand that I step into places that fear itself fears to go.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Forgiveness allows the burdens that we carry to become the histories that we forget.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To be careless in making decisions is to naively believe that a single decision impacts nothing more than that single decision, for a single decision can spawn a thousand others that were entirely unnecessary or it can bring peace to a thousand places we never knew existed.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
When we choose to stay down, we are in reality confusing wisdom with cowardice. When we choose to stand back up, we are using wisdom to overcome cowardice.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Minutes remain the same length whether they are held against the span of years or minutes themselves. Yet, when minutes are held against themselves, they seem so terribly brief. Therefore, we'd be wise to celebrate life before minutes are all that's left.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
What I see behind me is what I'm going to create in front of me. Therefore, I might want to take a long hard look out of the rearview mirror before I drop it into 'drive'.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I can arrogantly brag that the doors I choose in life open wide and grant me unobstructed passage. But the widest doors tend to lead to the worst places.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Imagination envisions what could be. Reality states what is. And when my journey is shaped by one of these at the exclusion of the other, I will eventually wake up on some road facing the 'reality' that I'm far more lost than I could have 'imagined'.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
A compass calibrated by my greed is a rather shrewd way to legitimize my agenda. However, true north on a compass such as this is a straight line to the edge of a really big cliff.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
It's not that I've been invited to the hole I'm standing in. It's that I accepted the invitation.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Things becomes invisible at the very moment I refuse to grant them importance. And while I am utterly ashamed to admit it, many of the most important things in my life are invisible.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If there's one thing that's irrefutably absurd, it's believing that we can separate intelligence from wisdom and still have it be intelligence.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Too often, opinion is a lens polished by the grit of bias. And as I stare through my own lens, I might ask how much polish can the grit of bias actually create?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I must never equate the degree of pain as evidencing the incorrectness of a decision, for if I do I will default on some of the most critical decisions I should have ever made.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
In case you're short on definitions, here's one. Insanity: 'Destroying the very things that sustain us.' And if we're so short-sighted so as to make such preposterous choices, then it's not all that preposterous to believe that shortly our end will be in sight.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I'm in a hole because at some point I found a shovel and started digging. Maybe I should trade my shovels for ladders and start climbing.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
So, there's this hornet's nest. And there's this long stick. And then there's me. How I walk away from all of this will depend on whether I realize that some things go together and some things don't no matter how hard you try.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Impulsivity is something akin to spontaneously jumping out of an airplane and not realizing that you forgot something until about five seconds before impact.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If you can get others to believe that your random guesses are actual answers, they'll never guess that you never understood the question in the first place.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
A lot of the situations that we put ourselves in are similar to a cat in a yard full of dogs. We rarely ask ourselves how we got here, (which doesn't help with the question of how we get out of here), all of which rarely keeps us from finding ourselves in the next yard asking the same questions.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Truth even in the most whispered tones will always roar.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I can draw the slightest smile across a single face obliterated by pain, in that act I will have begun to understand the power of an ordinary human being to perform the seemingly impossible in the life of another human being. And how can that experience do anything less than drive me to try and make the world smile.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Looking back, I now realize that I left home in search of all the things that were right in the very place I left.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Once faith dies, the death of hope follows hard on its heels.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Strength other than that received from God is just hype manufactured by men.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I ask, 'Is the cup half-empty or half-full?' And when I ask that question, I am amazed at how many people have no cup.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
With God, the impossible is not an obstacle but an invitation.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Hope is not some thin thing that is subject to the winds of fate. Rather, it is something crafted hard by the hands of God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Hope is not some thin thing that is subject to the winds of fate, but it is crafted hard by the hands of God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Easter is a marvelous affirmation of the genius of our design, but it is likewise the blunt acknowledgement that left to its own devices, the genius of our design will result in the destruction of our lives.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Despite all of our incessant tinkering, we can't manufacture the things we most desperately need. And if perchance we do, they will never be more than pathetically emaciated facsimiles that will leave us emaciated. And until we finally realize that we can only 'find' these things, we will never sense any compulsion to 'find' God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
My fear of endings too often blocks my hope of beginnings.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Any dream that I am absolutely confident I can achieve should immediately be discarded for the simple reason that it is simply too small.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The message of Christmas is a message of hope when all other such messages created by men can do nothing more than be hopeful.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The hands of man can manufacture many things both penetratingly brilliant and utterly astounding. Yet, despite their amazing dexterity and profound skill they cannot manufacture hope. Such a masterpiece as that is left for the hands of God and a manger crafted by those hands.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
There was a moment when any hope within me froze solid and I was finally emptied of all energy to fight the cold. And at the very point of that very surrender, when I became convinced that I must bow to a world that would be forever frigid, God cupped the hands of my soul and poured in the warmth of Christmas.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Where there is no hope, there is Christmas. And where there is no Christmas, there is no hope.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
In my desperation, I have finally discovered that the only way that I can begin to fill the gaping hole within me is to be thankful for what's there, and not angry for what's not.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I have never had, or worse yet, I have lost the conviction that life (despite all of the blows it wields and the savagery that it spawns) is nonetheless an incalculable privilege, I will have in that single loss forfeited the whole of my life and effectively wiped out any hope that I can or will do anything other than exist.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The worst of it is that while we continue to sink deeper into the muck and mire that we've created, in the very descent itself we ignorantly declare that in reality we are rising. And until desperation has crippled us sufficiently to confess the lie that we are lifting ourselves out of this mess, and until the panic of utter hopelessness has driven us to completely surrender all of the pathetic contrivances that we've fashioned that have put us there, we will never realize that God has readied solid ground that stands but a single step away
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Fairness is not something to which we are entitled. Rather, it is something for which we hope.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The strewn and tangled wreckage that litters our lives is the precious raw material from which great beginnings are forged.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Ignorance is avoiding that which stands in front of me out of the misplaced hope that it will put what I'm ignoring behind me. Instead, it's most certain to drop it on top of me.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Darkness should never be an excuse to quit, for with God, darkness is the exact stuff that light was built for.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
My goals exceed the reach of my energies, but my God exceeds the reach of my goals.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Underneath the chaos there stirs a great plan. And it will be birthed only if I give it permission to do so because I have exercised the faith that it's there.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The greatest prayers that I could ever utter come from the heart. And when I pray that way, I rarely need to open my mouth. Therefore, maybe I should think about talking less.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
It is when I am cold, alone, bitterly forlorn and shuttered from all hope that you will see who I truly am. And my goal is that at those most precarious of moments, what you will see is Jesus holding you through my tears.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
True peace cannot be found in a 'place'. Rather, it is found in a Person who can be with you in any 'place'.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I scan the expanse of my heart and find it empty of everything except emptiness, it is because I 'poured' the whole of my passion into something other than God. And anything other than God will always be too 'poor' to be able to 'pour' back anything that can fill that kind of emptiness.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I am not at 'peace', then I can be altogether confident that I've placed a larger 'piece' of myself in the hands of someone other than God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
In the absence of faith, our dreams will move from feasible aspirations to implausible fantasy.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
It's not a lack of opportunity around me. Rather, it's a lack of faith within me.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
With God, the fear of failure is slain cold by success that is already hot on the way.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I must not imagine what is 'not' as a means of escaping what 'is'. Rather, I must understand what 'is' and imagine how I can make it what it is 'not'.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Faith is the most unexercised muscle known to man.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Rather than being incensed by the nature of the bruise, maybe we should be inspired by the possibilities in the bruise.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Most often, what I don't know will have a vastly greater bearing on my life that what I do know.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Common sense is one of the most unused commodities available to man.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To think that we grasp the fullness of life is to say that by holding a mere drop of water in our hands we are able to understand the immensity of the ocean.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
God's genius is as wide as the cosmos, while by comparison our intelligence can find room on the head of a pin.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The common theme of common sense is that it's commonly rejected as uncommonly demanding.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Intelligence and wisdom are certainly compatible, however they are rarely seen in each other's company.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Do I make up some 'god' in my mind, or do I make up my mind to know God?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I want to 'think' that I have all the answers. But if I 'think', I soon realize that what I thought to be answers were guesses. And if I 'think' yet again, I begin to realize that since God has all the answers He never hands me a guess.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I hold in my hand a million ideas and more. But if I am puzzled as to why they have never leapt out of my hand and been birthed into the realities they were crafted to be, it is likely because the other hand has withheld the sacrifice that is necessary to birth an idea.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The road to success is paved with the hot asphalt of failure.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I yearn not for the easy path, but for the right path.  For 'easy' and 'right' are rarely compatible.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The father who has selflessly poured himself into the life of his children may leave no other monument than that of his children. But as for a life well lived, no other monument is necessary.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
It's not about inviting great things into our lives. Rather, it's about accepting the invitation of great things to step out of our lives.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The world screams, 'Stay down, it's safer.' My soul screams, 'So is being dead.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Despite the voices of the culture that would scream otherwise, victory is irreparably tied to the surrender of self. And that explains why so few are truly victorious.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
My definition of success is not based on achieving the impossible, but rather surviving the probable. And with a threshold that horribly low, simple survival cannot help but become my highest aspiration.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Far too often the 'things' that men define as success do little more than successfully destroy the lives of the very men who achieve those 'things.' And while I must admit that there is an authentic element of success in all of that, it's the kind of success that I would much prefer to successfully avoid.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Authentic love is deciding to live on a one-way street where all the arrows point down the street and not a single one of them point back up to where I'm standing.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
As I contemplate a relationship with God, I find that I'm afraid to ride on the coattails of the infinite. But what I fear more than that is spending my life in the coat closet.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
It's not about describing someone as that's typically an attempt to make whatever they are comfortable for whoever we are. Instead, we may wish to skip the agenda of the description and embrace the wonder of the person.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Ignorance might be bliss, but it also has teeth.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To be alone with myself in the space of silence is horrifying, for I know with the utmost certainty that in that space I will hear the very things that I constantly use the clamor to drown out. And so the question becomes, how long can I keep up all the noise?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To spin the tale with great flourish but never live the tale is the power of vision strangled to fiction by the fiction of fear.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
A life that chooses not to grow is a life that died long before it ever lived.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Too often we make it more about what stands before us, and we miss all that stands within us.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Ignorance is my refusal to think outside the box of my fears.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
We can be seized with panic of the fall, or inspired by the potential that lies within the fall.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
My life is too often driven by the fear of the next moment verses focusing on the privilege that I have the next moment.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Too often it's about what stands before us, not what stands within us.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I'm not the author of my fears, but I sure feed them really well.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
What is fear but that 'thing' that we believed to be as powerful as it pretended to be.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Maybe my greater fear should not be fear itself, but what I will lose should I submit to fear.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The restless adventurer within me stands eye-to-eye with the fear that has stepped directly in my path. And the thing I absolutely must not do is to blink first.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If we're honest, what makes something impossible is not our fear. Rather, it is our indifference.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Sadly, in too many cases surrender is having been 'outrun' by fear rather than having 'run out' of heart.
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If your dream doesn't scare you, it's not big enough.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Running' is driven by panic. 'Destination' is driven by thought. And while it's terribly painful to admit, incessantly pretending that I do the latter doesn't replace the fact that I'm constantly doing the former.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Fear is my mind painstakingly creating the worse-case scenario and then putting it on steroids.
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Sadly, it seems that I have the proclivity to create plenty of devils, but most of the time I don't even go looking for angels.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To 'pretend' is to say that I'm willing to waste the precious energy that it takes to pretend, and I'm unwilling to cultivate the bravery that it takes to be real. And I am at a complete loss to pretend that either of these aren't true.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Too often fear is fiction madly running amuck, all the while madly tracking 'muck' across the floor of fact.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
We will understand the depth of our vision when at some point we are finally faced with the price we must pay to achieve it. And when the price comes calling, most visions end up falling.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Have we ever thought that being lost is our destination?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
We can certainly run from a lot of things. But when we eventually pull up exhausted and entirely out of breath, we are rather shocked to discover that we haven't been able to create any distance between ourselves and what we've been running from regardless of how fast we might have been running and how far we think we might have gotten.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I spend a tremendous amount of time carefully choosing the roles I wish to play so that I can run from the role I was born to play. And if I keep on doing that, I will eventually set foot in my grave never having set foot on the stage.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If there's any redeeming quality that I can find in running away from something, it's that I'm on my feet. Now all I've got to do is alter my direction.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Be absolutely assured that we will die long before our own deaths if we ever allow the fear of adulthood to kill the wonder of childhood.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Fear left unrestrained always leaves us running 'from' something. Fear harnessed compels us to run 'to' something. And fear denied leaves us running in circles.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Comfort is not a goal that I seek, rather it is a place that I hide.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The more we construct lives that prioritize safety, the bigger the prison we construct around ourselves.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I am sufficiently brave to extract the cancer of fear, I have effectively gutted my conviction that what stands before me is impossible.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
What would behoove me to instantly declare God not to be God unless He followed my script in some tediously exacting manner? I must confess that I am less likely to believe that it's a matter of some narcissistic demand that I freely pen my own script. Rather, I think it's fear that I'm too inadequate to follow God's.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
We think that boxes take everything that's bad and they lock all that nasty stuff out, when in reality they take everything that we are and they lock all of those great things in.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Safety is not a destination that we reach for, rather it is a retreat that we escape to. And if our lives are marked by the incessant search for safety, we will live the whole of it going in reverse.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Self-preservation is to hunker down in the suffocating confines of this infinitesimally tiny existence that I define as 'me,' instead of letting 'me' run through the infinitely massive expanse of everything that is not me. And if the beast of self-preservation does not permit such freedoms, I will preserve myself to my own death.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I am amazed that without any hesitation whatsoever I can completely believe myself to be on a grand journey of massive vistas and bold ascents, only to find that they are nothing more than a figment of a frightened imagination that needed a journey but could not admit to the fear of actually taking one.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I might define a 'journey' as something that life itself calls me to. And I might then define a 'trip' as something I create to avoid a journey by mimicking a journey. And while fear is most certainly part and parcel of both, the latter is emboldened by fear while the former surrenders to it.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
It's not about the elimination of fear. Rather it's about the elimination of the feeling that the elimination of fear is necessary before we take the next step.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The hand of God is wonderfully evident at those times when He pens stories whose lines we ourselves are far too fearful to pen or whose imaginations are far too limited to envision. And I would unashamedly suggest that the Christmas story is that very story.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
What excites us the most or likewise scares us the most is when something is exactly what it says it is. And when it comes to Christmas, we're going to end up finding ourselves on one side of that line or the other.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Far too often, it is at the moment where we finally stand on the very precipice of some great thing that we turn and abandon it, for it is at these seminal moments that fear wins and greatness dies. The beauty of Christmas is that God steps over precipices.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
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.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
By choosing comfort we are in the very same decision choosing to miss every great thing in life, and that thought should be anything but comforting.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
What in the world would ever lead to me believe that life is a series of opportunities that are readily available to everyone else but me? What really leads me to believe such an atrocious lie is that I don't believe in myself sufficiently to engage those opportunities in the first place.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Fear is a lethal killer of dreams, the greatest cancer that has beset passion, and a ruthless thief of lives stolen and buried in the decay of lives squandered. Yet the greatest tragedy of all is that the fear that destroys us is rarely the monster it pretends to be, nor does it possess anything close to the power that we grant it. Therefore, it is only a killer, a cancer and a thief because we empower it to be so.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
How often have I painted a splendid picture of a journey marked by courageous ascents and daring desert crossings when all along all I've really been doing is running?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Fear is often bred of an imagination that couldn't let something be what it actually was.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Either we are running 'from' what we fear, or running 'to' what we fear. The former is a choice driven by fear, the latter is an action inspired by it.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The anticipation of loss is much more frightening than the actual loss as anticipation leaves room for the imagination to create that which, in all likelihood, will never transpire.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The choice to avoid risk is the choice to avoid living, and to avoid living is one of the greatest risk of all.
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Mediocrity is a path cleared by fear, leveled by apathy and paved by comfort.
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One of the most terrifying things I fear is not my potential, but how much regret I'll die with should I never use it.
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To intentionally pass on opportunity is to intentionally pass on living.
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Fate' and 'coincidence' are the mythological derivatives authored by those who refuse to see a 'greater purpose', because such a conclusion would naturally suggest a 'Greater Being'.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Most of our fears are borrowed. Since that's the case, we should get busy returning them.
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The power of a thing is not based on the power it actually possesses. Rather, it is much more about the power that we permit it to possess.
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To look beyond our horizons is to acknowledge that we've hemmed ourselves in by creating them in the first place.
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In a relationship with God, our most secret places once thickly cloaked and meticulously hidden away now stand before us utterly and entirely exposed. And it may be that this dreaded fear is the single thing that keeps us an arm's length from God, and forever a single step away from His blessings.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I much prefer not to fall, unless of course I am falling into the hands of God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Either we are running 'from' what we fear or running 'to' what we fear. The former is a choice controlled by fear, the latter is an action inspired by it.
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We tend to deny our humanity because in accepting the fullness of it, we would need to confess how little we've done with it.
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Choosing a life of safety is safely choosing something other than life.
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The paralyzing fear of being lost is fed solely by the irrational fear that we will never be found.
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If I am brave enough to stand against those who have been groomed by fear, I will recognize that where I get knocked down is all about where life begins, and has nothing to do with where it ends.
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God's eyes readily see beyond our actions, for our actions are simply fear and selfishness pretending to be us.
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Loss is an invitation to a journey of unparalleled growth, yet we seldom RSVP the invitation.
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Comfort is a stance of avoidance rather than the pursuit of excellence.
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Fear tells me that while there might be a host of people who wish to stand beside me in times of crisis, the tangled wreckage is sometimes so enormous that the best of their efforts leave them stranded at a great distance. And standing desperately alone surveying the carnage that holds all others a bay, God suddenly taps me on the shoulder, leans over and whispers, 'how about a little demolition?
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I must look at the 'nature' of God, not the 'nature' of the challenge. For the former means everything and the latter means nothing.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To seek the praise of men as our motivation is to abandon truly great things, for more often than not truly great things elicit the ire of men far more than they garner their praises.
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The only reason I can't jump in and engage life is that I've told myself I can't. Yet I can't helping wondering would happen if I told myself I could?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I cannot be afraid of being afraid. Rather, I need to realize that it is my fear that gives me the energy to wrestle that which I fear into the dirt that is soon to become the road underneath my feet.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I think that it is infinitely wiser to accept the fact that we're afraid, for in accepting our fear we are in no way granting it the power to crush us. Rather we are finally empowering ourselves sufficiently so that we can crush it.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Bravery is not found in getting knocked down. Rather, bravery is found is getting back up knowing that you're going to get knocked down again.
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Why is it that none of the things I construct ever make me feel safe? The answer lies in the fact that safety can't be created. It can only be found. And the only thing I've found that's never been created is God.
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I often ask to what place I am running, for if I am unable to identify that place it is likely that I am running in a circle of the most circular sort.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The line that we chart into our future is often more a circle that brings us back to our past. And it might be that there is some hidden intent in charting circles in that we can feel like we're moving when we actually have no intent of doing so.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To fall is not to fail. To fail is to never fall because I never got up in the first place.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Apathy is unconditional surrender where we are driven into hiding by unrealistic fear, and firmly held there by the misinformed belief that we are helpless to do anything other than hide. Therefore, apathy survives solely on lies and can be completely abated by truth.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Is the goal I've set been determined by a desire to avoid the goal I should have set?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Because I have 'chosen' to see something as impossible, there's a good chance that it's not.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Surrendering is intentionally laying down the power I possess. And have I considered that the power I lay down is often more powerful than that which I'm laying it down in front of? Therefore, I would be wise to recognize that surrender is less the absence of power and more the presence of fear.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I would suggest that the prisons I incessantly create are not designed to lock me in, rather they are designed to lock the world out. And the oddity is that either way, I am a prisoner who has sentenced himself to a prison within which I do not belong.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I do not walk into the storm unless I have been called into the storm. For the former is arrogance and the latter is obedience.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I'm perplexed by the fact that I'm constantly lost, maybe somewhere in my head I've determined that being lost serves a greater purpose than being found.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
However far I've come, it's probably somewhere less than halfway of where I could be if I simply believed in myself.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If truth be told, the easy road is nothing more than an armchair in clever disguise. And if you look around, it seems that there are a whole lot of people in the furniture business.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Once I realize that the tune I'm whistling in my head is the theme that's driving my heart, I suddenly realize that the most important question I can ask is, What are the lyrics?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
An idea without sacrifice, regardless of grand it might be, will never be anything more than an idea.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Love never lives on a one-way street, for it will always come back up the road bigger than how we had sent it down the road.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I pretend to give gifts that people pretend to be gifts so that I can pretend that I gave something that actually cost me something. And what pretending or this sort gives me is the gift of a pretend life.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To judge someone is to say that I have the right to define who they are, verses understanding that God has handed me the priceless privilege of discovering who they are.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
With God, anything that stands against you will always be inferior to what resides within you.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
You are silent now who once stood on battlefields ravaged by destruction unimaginable, holding in those desperate places the line of freedom for others you would never know, and who would never know you. And being one of those you never knew, I would give all I have to clasp your hand one single time, look into eyes that witnessed the bloodied carnage that results when freedom refuses to bow to chains of any kind, and simply say 'thank you.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Sadly, I put my dreams to bed long before they ever had the chance to get tired.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Because a door slammed shut, we assume that our dreams were slammed shut with it. Yet before we surrender to a closed door, it might be wise to take a moment and consider the fact that any dream is far too big not to have a couple of back doors.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Risk is the clue that our dreams are both real and great.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
When my vision is numbed by apathy and narrowed by mediocrity, I can stand in the presence of great things and fail to see even the smallest of things.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Dreams are ideas where the collar has been removed and the leash has been thrown away.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I am the greatest obstacle to my greatest dreams.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
An exceptional future can only be built on the transformation of the mess I've made out of my past, not the elimination of that mess.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
In many instances, the failures of my greatest schemes ultimately lead to the fulfillment of my greatest successes. Therefore, God will allow our most cherished dreams to perish so that we might turn and seek out His most cherished plans.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Dreams must be chased, for if we wait for them to chase us we will live a life of waiting.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
You are greater than you can possibly imagine, if you would only free yourself up to imagine.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To even begin to embrace the magnitude of God's vision, we must first embrace our vision as being nothing more than vision by definition.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Shame is embarrassment multiplied against itself until it dies under it's own weight and we with it. Forgiveness is freedom multiplied against the Cross until it flies under it's own liberation and we with it.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The birthplace of anarchy is the cemetery of freedom.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Rights' are 'privileges,' and if I am arrogant enough to demand the former without respecting the latter I will lose both.