Being Grateful For Your Trials
Mike and Becky seem almost too good to be true... and that's why I love them.
One thing that stood out to me as I re-listened to this interview is the attitude Mike and Becky have towards each other, and the respect and esteem they have for their marriage.
Their marriage inspires them to be the best version of themselves.
I believe they feel so lucky to have each other and have so much respect for their marriage that it has completely changed how they experience life. They don't want to threaten or jeopardize something they deem so sacred, so they put an incredible effort to preserve and nurture everything that is good within their relationship... and they find ways to turn the trials into blessings.
It takes a special kind of person to be grateful for the good in life along with the bad. During the interview Mike mentioned how one of their biggest trials was when his wife was diagnosed with diabetes... then not 10 minutes later, Becky talks about what a blessing her illness has been, and how she's been able to use it to help, serve, and uplift other people struggling with the same disease.
There is a level of love that remarkable couples tend to reach that sets them apart from others. It's a realization that their relationship with each other extends beyond personal satisfaction. Their love carries beyond their partner. It even spreads beyond their children and immediate family.
Truly incredible couples realize that they way they love each other, and they way they respond to their trials and challenges can have an impact on their community and the world. They use their marriage as a catalyst to inspire and uplift others. They set themselves as examples and role models. They see the value in sharing their struggles, and uplifting those who are hurting and suffering.
The lesson I learned from Mike and Becky is that life is what you choose to make it.
What did you learn from this week's podcast? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed our conversation with Mike and Becky. Here are some of the things we talk about in this episode, as well as some of the resources that were mentioned:
Waiting till marriage to have sex.
Burn the ships. Don't use the "Divorce" word.
Be grateful for each other and the work you do for each other
Child rearing conflicts. Good cop vs. Bad cop
The Love Monkey (holds love notes, and they'd hide him from each other)
When Becky got diabetes
Talking about sex with kids on their level
If you make it through one trial, you can be better prepared and stronger for the next one. There are no back doors.
Being grateful for the good and the bad
How much joy and excitement marriage can bring into your life
Finding your love language