“You’re not the boss of me!” Do you ever remember saying that or hearing someone else say it? Sometimes at work we bring up sayings or phrases from our childhood. For example if a song comes on the radio someone really likes, they may say, “I love this song.” Of course my response usually is, “If you love it why don’t you marry it?”
Having a job where you have to work along side others isn’t always easy. Sometimes they will get on your nerves even if they are someone you like. Sometimes you may catch yourself thinking they aren’t doing their job correctly or to the best of their ability. This is the time when it seems as though God speaks to me. He usually reminds me that I am in fact not their boss and their job performance isn’t my responsibility.
When I start to get irritated, most of the time, I remember something that took place at the end of the gospel of John. Let me see if I can refresh your memory a little bit. Peter had denied Jesus three times; Jesus was crucified and raised back to life. Peter and some of the other disciples had gone fishing when they had an encounter with the risen Jesus on the beach.
Jesus cooked breakfast for the disciples and he questioned Peter about his love for him. He asked Peter three times, “do you love me?” which coincided with the three times he had denied him. Each time Peter answered “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” What happened next is what I want to bring to your attention. Jesus predicts what is going to happen to Peter in the future. He tells him how he is going to die and then says to him, “Follow me!” Peter then turns and sees John following them. Peter, seeing John said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” Jesus responds, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” This is exactly what God shows me every time I start to get agitated at work thinking someone isn’t doing the job they are supposed to be doing. It’s as if Jesus is saying, “Louie what is that to you?! You follow me!”
When I am tempted to say to others “You’re not the boss of me,” I am going to have to remember I am not the boss of them either. As much as I may feel like straightening someone out; I do love the fact Jesus would say to me “What is that to you? You follow me!” I am learning more and more every day the solution to most of my agitation is found in looking away from the other person or situation and focusing on Jesus.
Written by Louie