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You’re Not the Boss of Me

I’ve heard children say it over and over again, about it “You’re not the boss of me!”

Our independence makes us recoil when we feel someone is trying to boss us around. Sometimes, especially in modern culture, that attitude can spill over to include a child’s attitude toward their parents when asked to do something they don’t want to do. That is alarming!


You're Not the Boss of MeNow I understand there are all kinds of parents. Some great parents and some not so great, with the majority of us squashed in the middle. But how can we help children understand the importance of honoring and obeying their parents? Below is an illustration that you can use on Father’s Day to jump start their thinking.

You probably said it a bunch of times, “You’re not the boss of me.” Or maybe you had a little better grammar so you said defiantly, “You’re not my boss!” None of us like to be told what to do, especially when it’s our peers.

But we all have a boss that we have to answer to. That’s right, even your parents. Do you realize they are told when to go to work and how to do their job if they have a boss? Or if they are self-employed, their customers or clients are their bosses.

We never out grow our responsibility to observe traffic rules, laws dictated by the government and civic responsibilities. As long as we live, there are rules and laws that boss us and regulate our behavior.

Still, the most important boss of all is God. He’s much more than just a boss. Because He made us, He has the right to tell us how to live our lives. But His authority isn’t derived from a sense of self-importance or desire for power. He gave us rules, regulations and laws, as outlined in the Bible, from a heart of love that longs to protect us and help us fulfill His plan for our lives. He gave us rules because He loves us.

Because today is Father’s Day, let’s look at one of His laws that would fit today. Do you know which commandment I’m talking about? Let’s look it up in Exodus 20:12 (Ask someone to read the verse.)

What does it say? Honor your father and mother. Honor…what does that word mean?

Honor isn’t just for Father’s Day. It isn’t a suggestion. By that I mean you can honor your father if you want to, but if you don’t want to, that’s alright too. No. Honor is a way of life.

We established earlier that God is the boss. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God has the right to tell us what to do and He says for us to honor our father and mother.

Are you doing that? Do you honor, respect and obey them? Are you struggling with rebellion? Do you back talk your parents? Do you roll your eyes behind their back? God wants to help you. Let’s ask God to help you be respectful. Let’s ask God to help you honor them. Let’s pray together right now?

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