Victoria Osteen’s Exceptional You: 7 Ways to Live, Encouraged, Empowered and Intentional offers an inspirational, relatable and yes, completely attainable way Christians should live in today’s culture. This book is based on the core belief that everyone is exceptional even when we may feel common. She encourages us to dig deep into the truth of God’s word and discover and live in our God-given identity.
In a world filled with self-help books and quick fixes, Victoria’s words cut through the noise and gently point us to seven practical ways to help us step into our exceptional self. Once we have the greater understanding of who God is, we can see who God is in us. “We too can develop amnesia through the twists and turns of life. But we cannot forget: We were born into royalty.” Learning to operate from the place of royalty and being chosen enables us to see through the lens Gog gives us, not the lens imposed on us from the world.
Knowing our identity is the launch pad to living an exceptional life. If we can learn to look up and look out, we’ll begin to realize our role in the larger story. The song Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle could be the soundtrack for this book.
Look up child, Look up
You’re not threatened by the war
You’re not shaken by the storm
I know You’re in control
Even in our suffering
Even when it can’t be seen
I know You’re in control
Victoria reminds us that there’s more to life not only by looking up and out but also looking to one another. She shares a story of being in Morocco with her husband visiting dear friends while they were filming a television series about the Bible. After a long day and a delicious dinner, her friend pulled a present out of her bag and handed it to Victoria. Within the pretty package was an intricately carved silver box crafted by the local artisans of Morocco.
Once we have the greater understanding of who God is, we can see who God is in us.
The gift was not only the box but the words Victoria’s friend shared: “Victoria, I want to do something that has long been a tradition in my family.” She paused and smiled. “It’s a little corny, but I want us to go around the table and each person put a thought in the box. It could be a prayer or a story of how much you mean to them.”
Her friend took the box and began to share how much their friendship meant and how much she loved Victoria. Then she took her hand acted as if she were grabbing the words out of the air as she placed them into the box. The box traveled around the table getting filled up with memories, encouraging words and love. Even now years later that box sits on Victoria’s desk a reminder that she is loved, not alone and celebrated. The power of living in one’s identity can be strengthened in community and by remembering.
“The right thoughts are empowering. They will cause you to rise above discouragement and limited mind-sets that would try to hold you back.”
Remember who you are, who’s you are and intentionally surround yourself to celebrate the good and the grace in your life. “Live this truth today: You are Exceptional.”
Visit www.victoriaosteen.com for more on Victoria’s new book, “Exceptional You.”