New York Times best-selling author Victoria Osteen just released her new book Exceptional You! and revealed to The Christian Post why and how she remains positive despite criticism, discouragement and negative experiences.
The co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, alongside her husband, Joel Osteen, lists seven practices that can help readers remain focused on life’s victories at a time when negativity has saturated society.
Osteen and her husband reach millions worldwide through radio, television and their “Night of Hope” events held across the United States, but the mother of two says she’s no stranger to negativity and discouragement. In her book, she provides practical advice on how she and her family remain focused on the goodness of God through all of life’s setbacks.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post‘s interview with Osteen in which she describes the motivation behind Exceptional You! and addresses people who might think positivity is unrealistic. She also shares some of the things she does to embrace what God says about His children.
CP: What inspired you to write Exceptional You!?
Osteen: I believe that inside of every person is exceptional. We’re created, formed and fashioned in the image of an exceptional God, and I just want people to know that they have exceptional in them.
They have gifts, they have talents, and sometimes, people go around and they don’t feel exceptional. They feel ordinary and they try to find their identity in things outside themselves: social media, looking at other people, and trying to follow this example or that example.
I just really want people to know whose they are (belonging to God) and who they are because of whose they are. So I just think that this thought of exceptional is important in this time where people are struggling with who they are, struggling with their identity. I just want people to stir up the gifts and the talents God has for them and really understand they’re exceptional in God’s eyes.
CP: What advice do you have for anyone who puts their confidence in their success and giftings and have trouble with finding their worth in God alone?
Osteen: I think we can all struggle with that if we’re not careful. In the society that we live, we think we are what we do. And comparison is the worst thing that we can do and we’re usually comparing our weaknesses to someone else’s strengths. It’s such an important thing to realize that we have gifts and that we have talents, and that we’re all on a journey and not every journey looks alike.
There’s a divine purpose and destiny that’s uniquely ours. When we begin to really look to God and say, “God, show me my calling. Yes, I want to sing, I want to be in a band, I want to follow this dream.” But if we really say, “God, we want to do this, but really, I’m going to give you my dreams. I’m going to go for them, but I’m going to give them to you, Lord, and you take them and you can make them better than I ever thought possible.”
Sometimes we just get so stuck in our own way that we forget that God is here to help us not only fulfill our dreams but to fulfill our souls.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law