Clarence – Boss wants shortcuts

Dear Kate,

My work has become extremely stressful. I am in charge of a large project. There are some problems, which will result in the project being late. My boss tells me to cut corners and get the project out on time. It is not the first time this happens. I need the job, and so far I have always complied. But this time I have a real hard time. Please pray for a miracle.

Thank you.
Clarence

Dear Clarence,

With God all things are possible. I will pray for a miracle although I believe, it is already happening. You are learning first-hand the impact of sin!

Let’s take a closer look at the situation. You are responsible for leading the project to a successful finish: planned quality, time, and resources. Taking shortcuts is the equivalent of lying on quality. The secular view is to analyze the impact of the drop in quality. Does it hurt anybody? If yes, you need to take action. If not, just do it.

The Christian perspective, however, is different. Remember, there is no grading of sin. All sins lead to death. By complying with your boss’s demands to cut corners, you started a chain of destruction. The lying makes you feel uneasy and guilty. To lower this feeling, you start rationalizing your actions with arguments such as that you need this job. You are now lying to yourself! So when you first sinned against the project’s customer, you now doubled down against yourself.

You now have two factions within yourself: one that feels guilty and the other one who covers all up, dishing out more and more lies. One such lie is that the boss orders you to take shortcuts. Remember, the decision to sin is always ours. You own this responsibility! This situation creates a split personality and an internal war. It creates stress, uses up your energies and prevents you from doing what you are supposed to do. Moreover, all this lying creates a barrier to God. You are losing your peace of mind and experience anxiety and psychological torments. You now live in hell! You have effectively blocked your blessings!

You can turn this around! First, you need to acknowledge that you lied. This action will unite your split personalities. You also must ask for forgiveness as well as forgive your boss and everybody else you blame for your situation. This action will reopen your communication paths with God. Now you have addressed the sins you committed.

It is time to address the primary issue. You just cannot continue responding to your boss’s request to take shortcuts. So what should you do? You have several options. You can try to unblock the project by finding better ways of dealing with the problems. You may talk to your boss, maybe even give him this response since he is in the same boat. Lastly, you should evaluate if you are at the right place or not, or whether this is a message to move on. How do you know what you need to do? Read the bible, create the communication path with God, learn His language, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. These steps will unblock your blessings once you have dealt with your sins!

Warm regards,
Katharina

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