Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Boss Man...

...Mr. D. 

This is slightly random, but I just need to take a minute to appreciate my boss. Before I do that, I do have to acknowledge that the Lord is gracious and good, and He ultimately is the one who orchestrates all things for His purposes and His glory. So while I may dote a little on my boss in this blog post, we (Mr. D and I) both understand that our time together in our job is because God has willed it and has chosen to use us where we are. I am incredibly grateful to Jesus that I share that common knowledge and faith with my boss, and I understand what a true rarity and blessing that is. And I am incredibly thankful that my boss walks in faith and lives a life of integrity before our King.

That being Mr. D (and Mr. D's cute wife).

On a business trip...taking a team trip to Butchart Gardens

Before Mr. D was my boss, he and his sweet wife were my Teaching Leaders in the Dallas Young Adult BSF class. You know those people who enter your lives and end up being such a sweet and rich blessing to you in a number of ways? That would be this sweet couple. I just had no idea how far those blessings would extend. I had the privilege of not only hearing them teach from the Word each week, but then also serving alongside them as a group Discussion Leader. During this time, I grew to know and love this amazing couple. I have known very few people as generous with their time and resources as they are. And the best part? It's second nature to them. You need a place to stay? Stay with us. You want some ice cream? Here, let's get some. Your car isn't working? Use mine. You need a place to get ready for your wedding? Use our entire house. And every time I have been the humble recipient of their generous gifts, they just say, "Well, it belongs to the Lord and that's what it's there for."

In our leaders meetings, I remember the time that I was praying for a job. My prayer request was the same for months haha. It may have been partly out of pity, but I do believe in God's sovereignty and that the Lord prompted Mr. D's heart to offer me some work. I was hired on temporarily to scan insurance documents. If nothing else, Mr. D wanted to help me pay my rent while I continued looking for full-time work. Right about the time I was running out of things to scan, he offered me a position to help in accounting while a co-worker was out on maternity leave. And when I still didn't have a job, he asked if I would consider insurance. The rest is history...

As if his generosity in hiring me wasn't enough, he has continually showed integrity and benevolence in how he has led our office and taken care of his employees. From a business perspective, I receive all of the training, support, and feedback I need to do my job well. From a personal perspective, I receive encouragement and accountability in all areas of my life. I am extremely grateful to work for a Christ-follower; the office culture is noticeably different. And it means a lot to know that my boss truly understands my motives in my work patterns (my ethics, my drive, my calling...)

As I have recently married and moved farther away, Mr. D has been continually flexible and accommodating as I try to figure out my new commute. It hit me the other day how much of a blessing that truly is. I can see how the Lord was taking care of me and Mike, even 2 years after hesitantly entering the world of insurance. He knew 2 years ago (before Mike and I even started dating) that we would need for me to be here at this job. And I am thankful to Mr. D for being faithful in following God's leading in hiring me and in working for God, rather than for men...


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