Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood church in Houston Texas. | Lakewood Church

New York Instances best-selling writer Victoria Osteen simply launched her new e book Distinctive You! and revealed to The Christian Put up why and the way she stays optimistic regardless of criticism, discouragement and destructive experiences.  

The co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, alongside her husband, Joel Osteen, lists seven practices that may assist readers stay centered on life’s victories at a time when negativity has saturated society.

Osteen and her husband attain thousands and thousands worldwide by means of radio, tv and their “Evening of Hope” occasions held throughout the USA, however the mom of two says she’s no stranger to negativity and discouragement. In her e book, she supplies sensible recommendation on how she and her household stay centered on the goodness of God by means of all of life’s setbacks.

The next is an edited transcript of The Christian Put up’s interview with Osteen wherein she describes the motivation behind Distinctive You! and addresses individuals who may suppose positivity is unrealistic. She additionally shares among the issues she does to embrace what God says about His kids.

Victoria Osteen’s new e book, Distinctive You!, April 2019 | Lakewood Church

CP:  What impressed you to jot down Distinctive You!?

Osteen: I imagine that inside of each individual is phenomenal. We’re created, fashioned and long-established within the picture of an distinctive God, and I simply need folks to know that they’ve distinctive in them.

They’ve items, they’ve skills, and generally, folks go round and so they do not feel distinctive. They really feel strange and so they attempt to discover their id in issues exterior themselves: social media, taking a look at different folks, and making an attempt to observe this instance or that instance.

I simply really need folks to know whose they’re (belonging to God) and who they’re due to whose they’re. So I simply suppose that this considered distinctive is vital on this time the place individuals are scuffling with who they’re, scuffling with their id. I simply need folks to fire up the items and the abilities God has for them and actually perceive they’re distinctive in God’s eyes.

CP: What recommendation do you may have for anybody who places their confidence of their success and giftings and have bother with discovering their value in God alone?

Osteen: I believe we will all battle with that if we’re not cautious. Within the society that we reside, we predict we’re what we do. And comparability is the worst factor that we will do and we’re often evaluating our weaknesses to another person’s strengths. It is such an vital factor to comprehend that we now have items and that we now have skills, and that we’re all on a journey and never each journey seems alike.

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There is a divine objective and future that is uniquely ours. After we start to actually look to God and say, “God, present me my calling. Sure, I need to sing, I need to be in a band, I need to observe this dream.” But when we actually say, “God, we need to do that, however actually, I’ll offer you my goals. I’ll go for them, however I’ll give them to you, Lord, and you are taking them and you may make them higher than I ever thought potential.”

Generally we simply get so caught in our personal method that we overlook that God is right here to assist us not solely fulfill our goals however to satisfy our souls.

After we notice that God is in charge of our lives and His plans for us are good, it might not look precisely like we predict it ought to look, however we should always take pleasure in daily and notice it is a reward from God and respect what we now have.

I wrote in one of many chapters about “do not wait to understand,” generally folks need to lose one thing, they’ve to comprehend how helpful it actually was. So I encourage everybody to actually respect what you may have proper now. Since you won’t like your job, you may be disgruntled together with your member of the family, however there are people who find themselves praying for what you may have.

CP: Your e book supplies seven “distinctive” practices. Are you able to share an affidavit of the way you needed to apply a kind of practices to your individual life?

Osteen: You understand, each morning after we rise up we should always simply say, “OK, I’ll reset my life. I am not going to hold round yesterday’s errors. I am not going to hold round disappointments, issues that did not work out.” No matter it’s, “Oh, I did not work out or did not take my youngsters right here.” Even easy issues, if we are going to resolve right now’s a brand new day and we now have a chance to decide on how we’ll reside our life, and we’ll prioritize our time. However the alternative is ours and the perspective with which we do it with is ours.

Generally we simply set each dial in our life and we rise up and we simply go full pace forward, after we actually need to re-evaluate our lives and the way we’re spending our time. What are we setting as priorities in our life? I believe that is one factor that I actually would encourage folks to do as a result of God’s mercies are new each single day. And daily He offers us what we’d like for the day. So it is how we put it to use or how we spend it, so to talk, and the way we steward it. The selection is ours and plenty of instances it is, “What perspective are we going to have?” even when we begin out our day and we face an surprising problem.

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CP: Not everyone seems to be as optimistic as you and your husband have fortunately displayed all through the years. How do you encourage these individuals who may suppose being overly optimistic shouldn’t be being sensible?

Osteen: Generally it is easy — possibly the best way you have been raised or the world you have been introduced up in — to simply see issues a method. I simply encourage folks to search for what’s proper in your life, and never all the time searching for what’s unsuitable in your life.

Filling your reminiscence field with good issues. It does come as a optimistic message, however God is a optimistic and hopeful God. We’re to place our religion within the substance of issues hoped for.

God needs us to hope and imagine and count on good issues for our life, after which we now have to take it a step additional and we now have to search for these good issues. Dangerous issues occur in our lives and we now have to coach ourselves to search for the great as a result of anyone can see what’s unsuitable, anyone can see what’s unhealthy. And I imagine after we start to actually resolve that we’ll search for the great, be appreciative each single day and simply have that grateful coronary heart, someway it modifications our perspective.

I believe so many instances we now have to consider what we’re desirous about as nicely. Destructive ideas can simply swirl in our minds. We are able to take into consideration them again and again. We’ve got to be taught that we now have to erase these destructive ideas. However the one method we will actually erase them is to exchange them with affirming ideas of religion, exchange them with what God says about you.

You may’t simply depart your thoughts open and empty as a result of the unsuitable issues will fill it. So it’s important to be proactive and simply resolve that while you catch your self considering destructive ideas — and everyone has to do that — we now have to simply catch ourselves and simply say, “You understand what? I imagine that God’s serving to me. That no matter goes to return towards me, I can bear.” And simply start to even quote Scripture. Start to suppose optimistic ideas. However you’ll be able to’t simply depart your thoughts open. You need to exchange and erase these destructive ideas.

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CP: Christians are likely to get non secular amnesia and overlook the best way God has helped and rescued them up to now. What are sensible issues that you just do to assist your self bear in mind particular optimistic recollections?

Osteen:  I talked within the e book about preserving your reminiscence field full of excellent issues. The Bible talks about, “Out of the great {that a} man places in his coronary heart that is the place the great will come out.”

It is our accountability to have these locations in our hearts and even bodily. I’ve a pocket book that has all of the place my kids have written me notes, my husband, (Mom’s Day, birthday) and so they simply put a smile on my face. I will simply undergo these or I will take a gratitude listing that I’ve and simply start to recollect and say it out loud, even what I am grateful for as a result of generally considering it isn’t sufficient.

You need to get it within the environment. You need to let it fill the environment that you just’re in. I love to do issues like that and actually, there’s destructive folks in our lives and generally it’s important to simply get away from the destructive and it’s important to go someplace the place there’s optimistic, faith-filled phrases being spoken in a neighborhood of believers. You need to make these decisions each single day as a result of the reality is, life is tough. And if we do not struggle a very good struggle of religion and resolve we’ll put ourselves within the locations which can be going to feed our soul, then it should even be more durable.

Hold your reminiscence field full of excellent issues. The truth is, one time, I might get to the place if somebody complimented me, I might suppose, “Oh, they’re simply being good, they do not actually imply it.” Then at some point, I used to be like, “First off, that is not doing me any good and it is disrespectful to the individual.” And it was as if God simply dropped in my coronary heart, “When somebody’s supplying you with a praise, you obtain it like I am speaking to you.” So if somebody says one thing good like, “good job,” I will simply say, “Thanks very a lot.” And I simply suppose to myself, “Thanks, Lord, I am simply going to place that in my reminiscence field.”

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