Part of being a Christian working mom is the working part. Ultimately, who is your boss and who do you work for? Of course, you may say I work for my boss. I agree on one level. Yet, your boss is Christ. He is who lives in us as Christians and who we follow. Closely, related to who our boss is, is who do you seek approval from?
In my Sunday School class we are doing the Patriarch Study by Beth Moore. She shared a comment she had heard from someone that stuck in her memory and I wanted to share it with you. The comment is this: “God baptized me in the criticisms of man so He would inoculate me from the approval of man.”
Do you desperately need your boss’ approval and praise for how you do your job? Sometimes we crave the approval of others more than God. Please hear me very clearly, the best witness we can have at work is to do our best and not be seen as someone who only does just enough to get by. Yet, if we have to have praise from our boss or others we are serving man not God.
I think as women we are often more susceptible to what others think of us. We want to be liked. Yet, if we truly follow Christ there will be times that we take stands that are true and faithful to scripture and people will hate us for believing in absolute truth.
Let me go back to our original question. We are to be workers who follow God’s law first and then what our boss says. So, ultimately God is our boss and must be glorified in all we do. How would your life be different if you realized that the project you are working on today or whatever task you have at work was done for God not your boss? How would your work quality change or would it change?
Remember who your boss is and please Him first. We can never lose by pleasing God first. May you be inoculated from the approval of man.
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of 2 ebooks, Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms and Help! My Preteen/Teenager is Driving me Nuts. You can find both of those books at www.christianworkingmom.com. Also, check out her blog and Online Bible Study as well. You can have coaching tips delivered to your email box daily, find out more at http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.