Allison Kugel: Have you been revisiting scripture to connect to all that is going on in the year 2020, and this seismic shift in our world?
Joel Osteen: I’m always searching the scripture and I’m always studying. I don’t know if it’s specifically that, but I agree with what you are saying that some scripture becomes more real right now. I talked the other day, and I think it was from the Book of Matthew, where it says in the last days, there will be pandemics. And I think, “Well, you know, we’re stepping into these times.” But Jesus said, “Even then, don’t lose faith. Keep your faith and don’t live in fear.”
Allison Kugel: Do you feel pressure to be perfect? If you are the person that millions of people look to for guidance, what or whom do you look to when you are troubled?
Joel Osteen: You know, I feel like I have a good family around me that I can turn to. I start the day off with prayer and meditation. That helps me to stay grounded. I feel a responsibility, but I don’t really feel that pressure. Again, I have good people around me, and I try to live in a place of peace and strength, and not take on more than I have to. I think God gives you the grace for certain things.
Allison Kugel: In what ways is your wife Victoria the backbone of your family?
Joel Osteen: Victoria is a strong woman. She is wise, she’s determined, and she is very loving, fun, joyful, and she does keep our family filled with hope and joy. I feel blessed to have somebody that has seen things in me that I never saw in myself. She’s got that ability to pull them out of people, not just me, but in others as well. I know I wouldn’t be who I am if she wasn’t in my life.
Allison Kugel: I was going to ask if you think you would be where you are now if Victoria wasn’t in your life…
Joel Osteen: No. I tell people all the time I wouldn’t be half of who I am. She saw, before my dad passed and I stepped up to pastor, she used to tell me I was going to pastor the church. That was like telling me I was going to go be an astronaut. I said, “Victoria, I would never be a pastor. I don’t know what to say.” She saw this in me before I saw it myself, so I think having her believe in me early on, way before my dad died, that really helped me to step up.