He calls me “Friend”. Amazing!
Don’t trust your boss with your identity
that’s important in your life, beginning with your identity. Where do
you get it? For most of us, from a lot of places, but particularly from people who tell us about ourselves. When they do, we get to choose to believe them or not.
So here’s a good principle: Be careful about trusting someone with your identity if they are focused on evaluating your role. They usually aren’t trustworthy. Even if your boss is also a
boss may not say everything he’d like to say.
ourselves in a role that doesn’t fit us. It happens in a lot of
different ways. Maybe your first boss understood you, but moved on.
Maybe there was a re-org. Maybe someone else got promoted. The workplace is complicated.
under pressure to meet budget requirements and may be reviewing the list
of candidates he’s going to cut right now. My friend could be on that list. And
when they sit down to have a conversation, my friend’s boss could say
almost anything just to get it over with. Maybe hurtful things; maybe he’ll stretch the truth.
Sure, we all make compromises and take jobs just to get paid, but too many of us allow that role to define us. We allow our boss who doesn’t really know us to define us by the work we do. And in the process, we put ourselves at risk, entrusting something that is precious to someone not worthy of the trust.
about themselves by comparison. Most people aren’t to be trusted. They’ll say anything. Who knows why they say it?
believe that God created us and understands us. He sees us not as the
mess we are, but transformed through our faith in Christ. Scripture tells
us we are in a way, sons and daughters of the most high God. He loves us and wants to tell us the truth about ourselves.
I was just pondering this morning about what my life was like when I lived it my way, compared to what it is like now after asking Christ to be Lord.
One of the things that came to my mind was my jobs. I had the degree and had a good job making pretty good money and it was okay, but I was never really satisfied.
Now, I have no credentials for what I am doing. God just kind of placed me in this position without me ever really realizing what He was doing. I often feel “unqualified” by the world’s standards. But as I ponder this, I always come back to the same thing. If God placed me here, then He has approved me for this position and has deemed me qualified by His standards. What better credentials can you get than that?!
So the words that I am getting from God today are “approved”, “qualified”, and “appointed”.
Seth – this is speaking so much to where I am in life right now! I’m glad you wrote this… thanks for the reminder. I’m in a role right now that doesn’t fit me well and I think it’s hard for both me and my boss. This is such a good reminder to look to God for my identity and continue to do the best I can in a tough situation.