Dear God, as I face the day, I am uncertain and afraid. I worry about how people in authority will treat me, and whether I will be up to the tasks they set. I worry they will judge me poorly.
Lord, let me see the selfishness and pride that lives at the center of these fears. I fear loss of status and standing. That is all. What a narrow thing to be concerned with.
God, expand my mind and heart. Let me take my eyes off of myself and place them on others. Let me see every situation as an opportunity to be helpful to all those around me – helpful to the weak as well as the powerful.
Let me not pick and choose which tasks I perform in your name, but do them all with equal diligence and abandon.
Take away this fear, O Lord, and leave in its place willingness.