Dear Father, today is my first day on the job. New supervisors and managers. New co-workers. New subordinates. New customers. New vendors. A new commute. A new office or cubicle. A new company culture. Paperwork. Father, there are things that I could not know when I applied for this job that I know now. Mary hates Jane. Bill is always complaining. Steve is a horrible boss. April is always sick and never gets her work done. There is enormous pressure to meet goals and deadlines. Many people have been hired for my position but they don’t stay in the job. Nobody trains anybody how to do the work that needs to be done. Everybody hates working here. There’s a lot of talk of people quitting. Sales are down. Customers are furious. Welcome to my first day on my new job. I can’t wait to come back in again tomorrow. What have I done? Why did I take this job? Is this the biggest mistake of my life? Father, I believe there are two explanations for what has happened. First, I may not have inquired of the Lord. I may have accepted this job without asking if You wanted me to take it. I may not have waited for You to answer. I took my employment into my own hands. I made my own decision. Wonderful. I could kick myself. Second, this place is where You want me to be. You want me to grow emotionally and spiritually. You want to refine my character. The difficulties working here are certainly going to challenge me to grow. In either case, here I am. I need Your help. I’m going to need the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience, and self-control. How am I going to get those fruits? The only way I can – surrendering my will and my life to You. Father forgive me for my rebellion. Now, please sit beside me each day while I go to work. Help me to make a difference in this place beginning tomorrow. Amen.