Eternity Matters: WHO’S THE BOSS?

By Norma Shull Smith

Almost every kid has either said or thought the words, “You aren’t my boss!” It is a strong statement that kids have spoken when in disagreement with a friend, or to an older sibling trying to usurp authority.
Some thirty years ago, “Who’s The Boss,” a popular sitcom, began airing and this writer got hooked on the program, mainly because one of the lead stars, Judith Light who played the role of Angela Bower, looked so much like a sweet friend that lived in Milan. The comedy kept you guessing from week to week who wore the pants in the household!
Kids are so eager to grow up, to spread their wings and to take charge of their own lives; simply put, they want to become their own boss! Teens can’t wait to break loose so they can lead their own ‘Adult’ life.
As I thought about the responsibilities that come with being independent and making one’s own decisions, I couldn’t help but think how that desired role in life isn’t as glorified as we think. Being ‘Your Own Boss,’ isn’t cracked up to what it’s made out to be. Being a boss means being in full control! It means the decisions you make will either be for you or work against you.
Some adults today who wear the title, often don’t realize that other things have weaseled there way in and have silently taken control.
Did you know that 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol addiction? https://ncadd.org
Did you know that Among adults who smoke, 68 percent began smoking regularly at age 18 or younger, and 85 percent started when they were 21 or younger. The average age of daily smoking initiation for new smokers in 2008 was 20.1 years among those 12-49 years old. Every day, almost 3,900 children under 18 years of age try their first cigarette, and more than 950 of them will become new, regular daily smokers. Half of them will ultimately die from their habit. http://www.lung.org
In 2010, there were 973 deaths due to unintentional drug poisonings in Michigan. Of these deaths, 22.7% involved narcotic drugs that are usually prescribed to relieve pain (ex. oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone). ttp://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/1_3-13-13_MortalityData9910_431271_7.pdf
If you are one of millions who fight alcoholism or addiction to smoking, or drug (or prescribed medication) addiction, you are no longer your own boss; something has taken control over your very own body.
I’m not just centering on alcohol, smoking and drugs, because the Bible is very definite that there are many sins; gluttony, gossiping, adultery, lust and the list goes on, but the one thing sin has in common, is that it comes to you as something fun, something enticing, something exciting. For many, it becomes a way of daily life and becomes ‘the boss over you.’ Once we have tasted of it, it is hard to take back control, but not impossible, for with Christ, all things are possible. Matt. 19:26
Did you know that the Bible talks a lot about having self-control? I challenge you to do a word search and begin a study on self-control; on becoming a brand new person. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
After all, Who’s Your Boss?

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