How do you feel about your boss? I’m guessing that a few of you have really inspiring, fair, and life-giving bosses, and from one who’s had that experience, I can confer with you that there is nothing better! When you work at a job with people you love in the service of an organization that is inspiring, you are blessed more than many. But what if the opposite it true? How do you handle it if you have authoritarian figures in your life who take advantage of their position and attempt to keep you from carrying out your responsibilities? I’ve had this experience as well.
As hard as we may try to get along with everyone and keep the same attitude that the Apostle Paul advised in Romans 12, there are some people who will continue to obstruct us for no reason. Although the tendency in this case is to retaliate or play games in return, the blessing of being secure in Jesus is that we can rest in knowing that He will take care of us. Better yet, when we make a choice to love these kinds of people and even to pray for them, we begin to see them through God’s eyes. Then, rather than being angry, we develop compassion, pity, and even grace for the ones who attempt to harm us because we understand that they are hurting the most!
Friend, part of living a life of avodah — work, worship, and service — is letting go of the offense and anger you harbor when people treat you unfairly. In fact, those things can weigh you down and quickly rob you of the joy that Jesus purchased for you on the cross! Though it won’t be easy, because you are His disciple, you have the gift of surrender; you can lay offenses at His feet, knowing that He loves you as His child and that He will ultimately bring you to the best possible outcome! Isn’t that great news?