Directions for Dealing with the Difficult Boss

by Karen Sue Hinz Murdy

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

The boss nobody wanted, or at least I did not…That was my boss. For several reasons, she rubbed people the wrong way, with her difficult demands, critical nature, and cold attitude. Have you ever had a boss like that? Or a coworker?

As I was out running one day, pleading with God to somehow get me out of this uncomfortable work relationship, I thought about the verse from Matthew 5 Love your enemies. Pray for them. “Wow, Lord, I guess this – praying for her – should have been my first resort, not my last!”

At first I felt only anger and frustration with the way she treated not only me, but also some of my coworkers. But as I continued to run and pray, and as the Holy Spirit continued to work on my heart and mind, I gradually softened. I wondered what made her act the way she did. I questioned what difficulties she might have in her life. (Later I did learn of some of those difficulties.) I also heard the voice of God whisper to me, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

On a regular basis, I began to pray for her. And my attitude toward her changed. I actually wanted to shower her with the love of Christ. Admittedly, it became a fun challenge for me to see if I could “win her over”. I smiled at her. Each time I interacted with her, I focused on how I could do something extra nice for her. Thankfully, over several months our relationship did begin to change; it eventually became one of mutual encouragement! God did answer my prayer with a great big YES. I did get out of my uncomfortable work relationship, not in the way I thought, but in a very unexpected and delightful God-way. No longer was this relationship uncomfortable, but instead, an incredible blessing.

Godly steps for dealing with difficult people:

  1. Pray.
  2. See this person through the eyes of God… What difficulties does she have in her life?
  3. Shower this person with God’s love.

Find out more at Karensuemurdy.blogspot.com or contact her at ksmurdy@gmail.com

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