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Learn to work with others

God works with people, who know how to work with people, not “users” who burn through them and discard them. No those who manipulate them for their own purposes not “ranch bosses” who herd them around like cattle. No, God works with people who honor people: Who recognize and develop talent in them, honor and reward them appropriately, encourage them to rise to their full potential and when the day comes, send them off blessed and better prepared for their assignment.

It’s healthy to stop and reflect with gratitude on those who got you where you are today, to remind yourself you’re not a sole trader that you’ll need to help fulfill God’s purpose for your life and get you to where you need to go next. Paul dedicates an entire chapter to such people. Give my greeting to Priscilla and Aq’uila, my co-workers in the ministry. In fact they once risked their lives for me. I am thankful to them and so are all the Gentile churches. Greet my dear friend Epenetus. He was the first person from the province of Asia to become a follower of Christ. Give my greetings to Mary who has worked so hard for your benefit. Greet Andronicus and Ju’nia, my fellow Jews who were in prison with me, they are highly respected among the apostles and became followers of Christ before I did. Greet Amplias my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbane, our co-worker in Christ and my dear friend Stachys. Greet Apelles a good man whom Christ approves and all the believers who meet with them. (Romans 16:3-15 NLT)

Bottom line: open up, reach out, sharpen your people skills.

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