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“I think you’re an Enneagram 3,” my brother told me.
Am I? I wondered. The nickname for Enneagram 3’s is The Achiever. I do like to achieve things, but most of all I like to do tasks that stay completed. There’s only one problem with that: I’m a stay-at-home-mom to three small children, all of whom are under the age of five.
The nature of my vocation is such that I primarily do work that does not stay completed. I clean things that will be dirty again, I change diapers that will need to be changed again, and I cook meals for bellies that will be hungry again in a few hours. It is unending and it does not feel like achieving much of anything at all.
Yet I do these things, in spite of how they don’t fit in with my nature. Why do I do things that don’t fit in with my nature? Being our best selves is not about being merely happy, but about being holy…about continually conforming to the image of His will. And what is walking with Jesus, if not putting the needs of others first? What is being a Christian, if not ordering priorities in light of eternity?
There are things (that stay done) that I’d like to do someday. And I have confidence that someday I will, but I also have confidence that focusing on my ministry to my family is my calling for now.
“You’re definitely a 3,” my brother continued. “You like to achieve things, but you know when other things are more important.”
Dear Jesus, may it be so.