It’s not always easy to be joyful, and for many people joy doesn’t even seem like an option when times are tough. In her latest book, Kay Warren shares what she has learned about finding true joy in the middle of all of life’s circumstances.
James 1:2-4 tells Christians that they should “consider it pure joy” when problems come their way, because trials can produce perseverance and maturity in them, but for many people finding joy in times of sorrow seems like an impossible task. Warren explains in Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough how external success does not equal lasting joy, which she says can only come through Jesus Christ.
The Christian Post interviewed Warren about her book on Monday. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
CP: You’re a founder of one of the largest churches in America (Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.), and your husband (Pastor Rick Warren) is one of the most influential pastors in our nation, but you say in the beginning of the book that you’ve struggled with “low-level depression.” Can you explain why, having achieved so much, you have still struggled with depression?
Warren: Depression is not always related to external circumstances … I have had incredible things happen to me and I have so much of what people would consider make for a good life. I do. I have a great husband, I have a great family, I love my church, I love the ministry we’ve had. Those are all true, but they don’t deal with what’s in the core of who we are, those internal wrestlings with God and with life and the way that we approach it. Those are all separate things.
CP: In Choose Joy you explain the “Winnie the Pooh School of Personalities,” and you describe yourself as an “Eeyore.” What advantage is there in understanding your own personality type when it comes to joy and life in general?
Warren: All of us have to seek God. [For] somebody who is what I would call a ‘Rabbit,’ it’s easy to find your joy in getting stuff done, and that can become a trap because we’re not put here to just get stuff done. People like me, the Eeyores, who are intense, and creative, and tend toward that perfectionism and can more easily fall into a depressed approach to life. I think we have the hardest time accessing joy. The Winnie the Poohs, they just walk around thinking everybody’s getting too excited about everything and can become a little cynical. I think the Winnie the Poohs can become cynical and then that will zap joy. So all of us, at the end of the day, have got to come back to God as the true source, not our personalities.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post