For Thanksgiving, we were going around the table sharing what we are grateful for and why we are grateful for each other. I talk more about this practice is my podcast, “Intentional Gratitude“.
When it was Laura’s turn to tell me why she was grateful for me, she said something that I believe is one of the greatest compliments I have ever received. She said, “Doug, what I love about you is that you are the same person at home and behind the scenes that you are outside of the home.”
The reason that compliment was so significant for me was because a few years ago, John Maxwell redefined my definition of success when he said, “Success means having those closest to me love and respect me the most.” Mark Batterson said it in a similar way when he declared that one of his life goals it to be more famous in his home than he is outside of his home.
I strive to love Laura and my family in a way that they love and respect me more than anyone outside of our home does. It is a lifelong pursuit of mine. I’m grateful that Laura affirmed that I am doing a good job at that so far, however, my prayer is that I will live my life in a way that Laura (and our kids one day) will be able to give me the same compliment when I’m in my 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond.
I want to challenge you to live your life in a way that the greatest compliments you receive aren’t from people outside of your home, but from the people who live with you day in and day out.
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