Most of us have to work to pay the bills. In doing so, we often have to work for bosses who are either difficult or haven’t a clue on how to be a boss.
When I read what the Bible says about working in Colossians 3:23 I can’t help but to laugh. Here’s what it says:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
So this basically says we are supposed to work our jobs as if we are working for the Lord.
Ummm…dear God…have you met my boss?
Throughout my long career I have worked for many bosses. Some good and some bad. The worst was one that was in a different mood every day. You never knew what mood she would be in. She would tell you one thing then fuss you out later for doing the thing that she told you to do. That kind of boss really stresses you out more than the job itself.
So how can you “work unto the Lord” when your boss is a pile of dung?
Let me start by stating the obvious – it isn’t easy. First and foremost, you have to control you. Be consistent regardless of how you are being treated. Do your job and be good at it.
Have someone you can vent to. You will need someone to talk to about it. Preferably not someone you work with because you don’t want to be tempted to gossip or stir up dissension where you work. Talk to your spouse or best friend. You need to talk about it if you are going to get through it.
Pray about the situation. God can change things. I am a believer in this because it happened with the supervisor I mentioned above. I prayed that God would either move me or move her. He moved her. Just remember if you pray for change that you know what you are praying and that you are willing to accept the change.
It isn’t easy to work for a jerk as a boss. I know how it is to pray for change and not see it happen right away. It takes some incredible patience to continue to work for somehow who makes life miserable. Some people aren’t meant to be a boss over anyone. The challenge is to keep them from stealing your peace. The only way you can maintain that peace is to keep your mind and heart in line with God. If you can’t find a quiet place to pray, take a walk and talk to God about it. He can calm your frustration over the situation until He makes the change.
I don’t understand why people can’t act right and be decent. It is in every workplace but it is important to continue to do good even when you are not being treated good.
And if you are the boss, think about how you are treating people who work for you. Are you treating them as you would like to be treated? If you were your boss would you like you? If not, make the changes to do it right and treat people with respect.
Yes, it’s hard to imagine your flesh and blood boss to be the same as the Lord but make the effort and practice patience. Keep your integrity even if you boss isn’t the example of that.