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The Real Boss
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Did you catch the results of a recent online contest to determine the “worst boss in America?” Working America, a worker’s rights advocacy group sponsored the contest while thousands of people voted for the finalists for this dubious distinction.

The winner of the “worst boss in America” title was an unnamed New York dentist who had so many appointments cancelled following 9/11, that he deducted $100 from each of his employees paychecks to offset his lost income!

It would be pretty difficult to top that, but I’m sure each of us who has worked for any length of time has a “worst boss” story of our own to tell. When I was 21, I was hired as a waitress to serve food and beverages for the lunch crowd at a trendy café. I thought I was doing a good job but to my astonishment I was given my walking papers one day, out of the blue. When I tearfully inquired of my manager the reason for my termination, she flatly told me, “You hold the menu too close to your face when you are taking customer’s orders!”

How about the best boss; have you had one of them? One stands out in my mind, as well. When my mother was dying of cancer, he told me, “Take as much time off as you need; your job will be waiting for you when this is over.”  For four months (with my bosses blessing) I worked only a couple of hours a day so I could take care of Mom.

Appreciated

When we have a great boss, it is not difficult to excel in our work, do our very best and go over and above the call of duty. We know we are appreciated and that motivates us. But when we have a lousy boss, it is so easy to slip into a mode of retaliation, slacking off, talking negatively, complaining and generally not doing our best.

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul has some advice to help us with this tendency. He told some slaves, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24).

Perhaps you are struggling just now, under a boss that is unreasonable, unkind, demanding or ungrateful. Your good efforts are not being appreciated. Keep in mind that earthly bosses come and go. But your real Boss is the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe. In whatever work you do this day, do it to your very best. God sees and will reward you one day. Remember, it is the Lord Christ you are serving.

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