Recently, I finally ventured into the Enneagram phenomenon. As someone who is passionate about others pursuing their God given purpose in this world, it ironically took a while to jump on this train.
I’m not sure what I was waiting for. I teach SHAPE and spiritual gifts classes at my church, obsess about the Meyers-Briggs, and love all insight into the ways God has masterfully created us.
So it was no surprise that my assessment indicated that I was a “one.” To summarize, I fall into the category of “Reformer.” The Enneagram Institute’s short description is eerily accurate:
“Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic”
Surprises make my heart race-not in the euphoric, whimsical manner. My mind spins as I attempt to find a way to grap onto a morsel of control. What am I to do with my expectations that have been interrupted?
I thrive on routine. It brings security to my spirit. But it doesn’t mean it’s always in my best interest.
Who we are is connected to so many factors. Our God who knits us together uses a variety of threads. Some of the handiwork begins in the womb. More stitches are added as we discern our movements and engage in the world around us. Those beautiful threads of mercy and grace continue to patch up holes and create a beautiful work out of us
Through it all, our Creator’s purpose for us never ceases. Never.
The Enneagram explains much of who I am. But I am grateful that God doesn’t let us sit with contentment in human observations.
Recently, my routine has been altered. Growing children, new jobs, emerging callings and the intentional touch of my Creator’s hand in my heart push me toward embracing life out of my comfort zone. New stitches have begun.
But I find comfort in the reshaping. I am being shaped in the image of my Creator. And that’s where my true identity is found.
What have you discovered about yourself? How are you being stretched?
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