Think about the people you spend the majority of your day with. They might be co-workers, family members, friends, or classmates. The beauty of these people is the uniqueness they bring to the table. So often we think our normal is everyone else’s normal. Ask one of those people if they know their Enneagram type. Once they tell you their type, ask them how they see their type show up in their life. Sit and listen without comparing your type to theirs—just discover what makes up their ‘normal.’ Later on, read over Isaiah 64:8 and take time to pray blessings over that person and thank God for creating them!
As you read over the story of Mary and Martha in the Bible (Luke 10:38-42) and think about which one you are most like. Now think of someone who is more like the other female lead in this story. Do your best today to engage in a conversation with that someone that is not like you. Ask them about what they value most and what motivates them to live the way that they do. Point out positive ways that they inspire or challenge you to think differently. Encourage them to keep being their full self and ask if there is anything you can be praying with them about. Make time to lift them up in prayer as you go through your day!
We spend so much time wanting to change one another. What if God was revealing himself through our differences? What if each of us reflects different aspects of God’s character to one another? God made people to be a reflection of Him—not you. Read over Romans 12:16 and take inventory from this past week of instances where you judged someone before taking time to get to know them. Write that person a note of encouragement and include an invite to grab lunch or coffee sometime soon so that you can get to know them better. Ask God for the courage to follow through as you pray today!
Knowing yourself means you have a chance of bringing a better you to other people. However, we often keep ourselves from sharing our true selves with others out of fear or shame. Ask yourself what—if anything—keeps you from letting others know your true self. Know that God is not ashamed to be identified with the parts of you that you want to hide. Read over Psalm 139:13-14 and write down things that you wish others knew about you. Create some space today to pray and ask God to empower your heart and spirit to walk away from the fear or shame that keeps you from showing your true self to others.
Knowing who God made you to be will set you free to love who God made others to be. One thing you can give to everyone is the gift of recognizing and respecting how they’re wired. Take some time to read over Mark 12:29-31 today. Take a walk either around your workplace or your home and quietly pray for everyone you see to have the courage to be fully known and fully understood. Be bold and challenge yourself to make efforts this weekend to intentionally recognize the dignity and divine design of every individual that you interact with. Watch what God does as you love our neighbors as yourself!