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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)

TITLE: Tale of the stinky boss
By D. Phenes


“This job stinks!” complained Cassie to herself. “My boss is so self-serving and hypocritical; how am I to respect her?” Cassie thought as she plopped down in her work cubicle. She plowed through the rest of day with an angry fervor and with no acknowledgement of those around her. “Thank God! It’s five o’clock! No more work today” Cassie spoke out loud. “ Bad Day Cass?” asked her co-worker Sue as she peered over the cubical wall. “I am just fed up!” Cassie spat the words out. ”Really? I could not tell with all your banging on the keyboard.” laughed Sue hoping she would lighten the mood. “Sorry” Cassie grumbled as she headed out the door.

“Mom, it was just terrible! You should have heard her? Who does she think she is?” Cassie told her mother. “Well dear, she is your boss” mom gently reminded her. “She does not deserve to be one.” protested Cassie. “Hold on dear, I have something for you.” said her mother as she dug deep in her purse. “There it is.” proclaimed mom as she handed Cassie a little piece of paper. “I picked up a bunch of these ‘blessing’ cards up at the Christian bookstore and this one really helps keeps me in perspective.” Cassie’s mother told her as Cassie looked at her with questioning eyes. “Remember whom you are and whom you serve!” Cassie read out loud. “Oh God, I have forgotten this somehow along the way.” Cried Cassie. “Help me to be a better Christian witness at work.” prayed Cassie with regret in her voice.

The next morning Cassie sat at her kitchen table reading her devotional and came across this verse, “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not unto men; I Thessalonians 3:22-23(KJV).

“Lord help me be a servant today at work and remember that I work not just for my boss, but you God are my ultimate boss. May your Holy Spirit direct my actions and words so that I may draw my co-workers and boss to you.” prayed Cassie as she opened the door to her office.

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Joanne Sher 08/05/06
Great message! This is SO true - all we have to do when we get frustrated with our earthly bosses is remember that God put them there, and it makes it SO much easier! You did a great job of portraying Cassie's attitude and the change in it. I'd probably break up some of your paragraphs into shorter ones, but otherwise, this was very good - and convicting!!
Ann FitzHenry08/05/06
Your title really drew me in. I was curious about your "stinky boss." Good writing with a message.

Tracey Jackson08/08/06
You packed a great message into so few words - very succinct writing! Well done.
I also think breaking up your paragraphs would help the piece and don't forget one usually starts a new line for a different speaker if that makes sense. Keep writing!
Marilyn Schnepp 08/13/06
For starters, the first paragaraph needs to be broken up, with a line for each "person speaking". Then follow through each paragraph with same...But the drift of the story is very good. Keep at it. Practice makes perfect.