Ever had a day at work that made you say, “I hate this job?” Maybe it was the long, tedious hours or coworkers who let you do all the work while they coasted to the end of the day. And then, every once in a while, it’s your boss. You know how the thoughts go: “He/she doesn’t understand,” “He/she finds the smallest things to scrutinize,” or “I can’t believe he/she just said that.”
If you’ve ever been frustrated by your boss, then I’m sure finding a witness was easy. Misery loves company. But Peter’s words in the verses cited above challenge us to reevaluate our approach to frustrating employers. Instead of “pointing fingers” or talking about them, we should respect their leadership. Does he mean all the time or just when they treat us fairly? All the time! Respecting them means we also respect God, who gave them the position.
Another way to be uncommon is to respect your boss. When others are sharing how he/she pissed them off, take the high road and keep silent. Remember, “God will bless you, even if others treat you unfairly for being loyal to him” (1 Peter 2:19, Contemporary English Version).