Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 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
So we believe that part of being a disciple of Jesus is to be marked by love. But what does that mean at work? How can I be marked by love in that context and particularly in relation to a difficult boss? Well author of Peace wise Ken Sande suggests that in all our relationships what we need to do is to follow our GPS. (I know right, corny). What do we mean by it? Well we are to seek to 1. Glorify God, 2 Pursue God and 3. Serve God.
One testimony that he received from someone who had a difficult, discouraging and bossy, well um, boss was that over years he had been worn down. And so he settled into a low lying discontent. Joining in on gossip and generally having a negative attitude. But when he heard about GPS, he decided that I had to apply these principles to that relationship. “So I did a search on work and discovered God really cared about that relationship; Lk 6:27-36, Rom. 12:17-21, Eph 6:5-8, Col 3:22-24, 1 Tim 6:1-2 & Tit. 2:9-14. I never realised that the bible had so much to say about a difficult work environment. It took a while for me to change bad habits but over time by God’s grace- my attitude changed. Sadly it hasn’t changed my boss but it has had an impact on my co-workers. They keep asking me what had happened to me. It turns out- having a bad boss can create opportunities for witnessing!
So go be good news glorify, pursue & seek God in your workplace.
Grace and peace from Marcus
This testimony can be seen on the relational wisdom 360 website under his great articles.