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We’re in a recession. It’s official – and it’s all you hear. It may get worse. It may last a long time. So… what do we do?

We have a choice – react in fear, or respond in faith. There are seven abilities every business, church, individual and family will need to ride out the recession – and to be part of the recovery-to-come.

(Yes, you read it. This is not the end of the world. It is the 11th recession since WW2. It is not the greatest crisis since the great depression (WW2, the 60’s, 9-11 – all could claim to be the greatest crisis).

Here they are:

1. Likeability. You may be the smartest guy in the room, with the best ideas, but if no one likes you – who cares about your ideas. People today are selective about who they do business with. Get some people skills. REad about emotional intelligence. Take some lessons from John Maxwell’s writings. Or – better yet – read the Proverbs!

2. Adaptability. Forget about “business as usual.” If you can’t roll with the punches, and roll up your sleeves, you’re going to hurt – big time. The third is similar to the second.

3. Teachability. Learn how to do new things, like use a computer – which you already know. Start a blog! Read! Read! Learn an new language – If I can, you can! Determine to be a life-long learner – or be content with working at the drive-thru window at McDonald’s. (Nothing wrong with that – but you can probably do better).

4. Dependability. Show up and do what you say you will do. That is what a Christian does! Here’s a hint. Be at work earlier than you have to be, stay later than you have to and be asking, “how can I help you?” Be dependable. People have a long memory when it comes to this kind of thing.

5. Reliability. Make sure people know you do great work, that you take pride in what you do, make yourself invaluable, strive for excellence, do your work right, the first time. Trust is built on consistency.

6. Humility. People today are not impressed by your stuff, your titles, your accomplishments (I don’t have my diplomas on my office wall. I have an earned doctorate from one of the best seminaries in the world, but I tell people to call me “Sam.”) You and I have nothing we were not given – every ability, every opportunity, every break, everything was given to us. It’s called grace – and grace produces gratitude and humility. T

7. Responsibility. Take that word apart. You have the ability to respond. This trumps all the other abilities. God gave you the ability to respond to what happens. You and I are not victims – stop acting like one! Take a deep breath – God is on the throne and your future is bright in Him. He loves you. You will not be the first person he fails to provide for!

(adapted from David Foster)

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