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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Employment (01/26/12)

TITLE: A Boss to Die For
By Ruth Thoutenhoofd


My boss is perfect. No, really, he is. He is wise, loving, creative and patient. And so smart it blows me away. I want to be just like him!

He cares so much about me that youíd almost think I was his only employee, but Iím not. He has thousands of others to think about, but somehow, he always makes each of us feel special. I know it sounds crazy, but he actually paid a huge price to get me this job. What boss does that? It was an incredible sacrifice for him - it overwhelms me when I think about it. The least I can do is give him my undying loyalty and my very best effort.

The pay system is unique. Most of my salary will be paid after retirement, but in the meantime, I get paid on a needs basis. When I ask for something I really need, he gives it to me. He never gives me so much that I can squander it on silly things, but he always gives me enough for the basics. If I do good things under his direction and with his help and blessing Ė he keeps account of these and promises me a huge bonus on my retirement.

Sometimes I get asked to do things that seem so impossible for me. Like the other day he asked me to give a speech to a lot of people, and I hate public speaking! I told him that there is someone else who would do a much better job, that I didnít feel well, and didnít have the time. He just smiled, and asked me again. I knew if I refused, heíd go ahead and ask someone else, and Iíd then feel bad, so I did it, and it went okay. But even if I wimp out he never seems to hold it against me. Instead, He gives me another chance, and when I say ďyesĒ it makes me feel so good. Iíve worked for him for so long that by now I should know I can trust him! I should know that if I do what he asks in the way he instructs me, everything will turn out.

I started this job when I was a teen, and though I was a pretty untrustworthy employee for a lot of years, my boss never threatened to fire me. Instead, he kept giving me just the right assignments to help me grow and change. When I look back, I realise he developed the perfect training program for me.

My job involves a lot of different things and has changed many times over the years. Lately, it seems like mostly he wants me to recruit others for the job, and then train them the same way he trained me. Strange as it must sound, most people would rather work somewhere else. I guess itís because they donít like the pay system. They want all their pay now so they can buy whatever they want. They donít have the patience to keep asking for what they need every day, and they want more luxuries. I feel so bad when I canít convince them that this job is far superior to any other they might have. The boss has already paid for them, just like he paid for me and it seems so ungrateful of them not to realise that and come work for him too!

I was really tired the other day, and felt like I needed some time off. Itís kind of a 24/7 job. He said just to keep going and trust him, but I was worried that he had asked me to do something too hard for me, and that it might not work out this time. He reminded me of something Iíd forgotten for awhile Ė that he is actually able to give me his power to do the job. Itís not up to me to do it by myself. Youíd think Iíd remember something like that, wouldnít you! That day I was able to recruit a brand new employee who I had never thought would come on board. His grace really is enough. His power really does show up best when I am weak! Thatís something he told me when I was only eighteen years old.

Iím going to do this job until he tells me to quit. Then I get some mind blowing bonuses, and best of all, I actually get to live with my boss. Forever. Unbelievable!

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C D Swanson 02/02/12
Good job - I enjoyed this.
God Bless~
Hiram Claudio02/02/12
A masterful piece of writing. I especially liked the "pay system" section and the idea that His pay now is on a "needs" basis. That is SO good!

Thanks for sharing this. Blessings!
Leola Ogle 02/02/12
This was such a delightful take on the topic. I enjoyed it start to finish. Good job! God bless!
marcella franseen02/09/12
I loved this and say a heartfelt, "Amen."