I heard a pastor tell a story about a visit to North Carolinaâ€™s outer banks. HeÂ drove onto a ferryboat to visit some of the outer islands. When he did, a big Â tall country boy parked his car on the ferry and returned to him his keys.Â Afterward, the pastor told how a brand new Cadillac pulled onto the ferry.Â After a man and woman got out, the big tall country boy parked their car onÂ the ferry as well. However, when he returned the keys to the man, the manÂ went into a public tirade against the boy, unmercifully dressing him downÂ for the way he had driven and parked the Cadillac.
The pastor, feeling sorry for the boy, went up to him and apologized for theÂ Cadillac ownerâ€™s unwarranted verbal assault. The boy, much to the surpriseÂ of the pastor, assured him that the Cadillac owner had neither embarrassedÂ him nor bothered him. When the pastor enquired how this could possibly beÂ true, the boy pointed up to the ferryboatâ€™s wheelhouse. There, at the helm,Â stood a man.
The man at the wheel was identified by the boy as the owner of the boat. â€œIÂ work for him,â€ the boy said. He then went on to explain to the pastor:Â â€œWhenever I park a car on the ferry, I look up to him. If he gives me theÂ okay sign afterward, I know it is good. If not, I know he is unsatisfied and IÂ need to park the car again. When I parked the Cadillac, the man aboveÂ gave me the okay sign, which was all I needed. It doesnâ€™t matter to meÂ what anybody else thinks or says, because I work for the man up there. HeÂ is the only one I have to please, because he is the only one I have answerÂ to.â€
As long as Christ above gives us the okay sign, we shouldnâ€™t care whatÂ others think or say. After all, as Christians, weâ€™re living our lives for Him. HeÂ is the only one we have to please, because He is the only one we have toÂ answer to.