God’s Word for Today: Boss
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
“Be your own Boss”, a most infamous phrase used in the enticement of selling entrepreneurial type advice. They go on with phrases like “Are you tired of having to answer to someone else?” “Do you want to control your own destiny?” Or a favorite, “You can get rid of your alarm clock!” Some days, that would be like a dream come true.
I have found this boss position to be rather exhausting. The selling point of being your own boss and discarding your alarm clock is true. The truth is, being boss means your sleep will be constantly disrupted by anxiety, worry, costly mistakes, and people calling in sick. It also means that to be a good boss, you will be the first one at work and the last one to leave. At times, being boss is not so appealing.
So then, you settle for a position you are comfortable at. The pay is decent, not much stress. You know every day more or less what is required of you. The suit and tie can stay in the closet. Comfortable clothes, comfortable position, and most comfortable worry free tasks.
One day though, you realize life is passing you by. There must be a little more to this world than what you are currently realizing. Maybe it is time to move up, make more money, prove your worth, and be able to afford that new Harley Davidson, or two, or three. You want more. Other people have things. You want them too. I don’t know what actually kicks in first, ambition, or hunger for chrome.
Our walk with God has exactly the same scenarios. Sometime in your life, you decided it was time for you to be in charge. All the decisions to be made, you owned, as boss of your destiny. God can take a hike. You no longer need Him looking over your shoulder telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. You are the boss. You are in control. “How bad can I screw up my life?” you ask. “I simply follow a few boss type rules and I will be fine.” Yeah, ok.
Then, you realize the load you are carrying as the boss of your own life is one heavy ______. Mistakes have been made. People have been hurt. The hole you are in seems to be getting deeper and deeper. This boss thing didn’t work out so good. Help is needed, Lord.
So, you let God take over. He is a good boss. God loves you. Life is starting to turn around. The pain from being the bad boss of your own life is just enough to keep you from going back to wrong. You are now in a comfortable position. Life is on cruise control.
But, that boss thing starts creeping back into your mind. Or, it comes flying back into your life at Mach 2. God gets put back on a shelf. You think you can be in charge again. You try to trust your own understanding. You want more chrome in your life. Only to discover once again, you end up with rust. Endless cycle.
Today, know one thing. For your life to have a good and straight path, you need to let God be boss. Don’t worry about becoming stagnant. God will provide you with plenty of growth challenges. God will make sure others start calling you for answers. You will find serving others to be the ultimate of being boss. Having your life with God as your employer is good stuff……….
Prayer: Dearest Lord and creator of me. Thank you for blessing me with the ability to choose my own way. Forgive me for the times I have wanted to be my own boss. Forgive me for my failures. I know Lord, the best life is one that follows your path. I want to be your employee. In Jesus’, whose boss technique was to lead by perfect example, name I pray. Amen and amen.