Join the conversation is a new blog series inviting engagement over the summer
“I’ve got nothing to say!” Do you ever feel like that? I do.
A friend recently said, “it has been a long time since you’ve written and I enjoy your blog.”
My internal thought was, “I haven’t had anything valuable enough to say.”
In moments like that a message in my head is negative and silencing.
As a pastor sharing God’s word and my heart every week, I say plenty. Intellectually I know I’ve got something to say, but often another stifling message is at work in my head. An internal critic can pound out the power to speak and mute a friends encouragement.
This is the part of me that gets untethered to who I am in Christ. The critic is part of the non-resourceful side of a ONE on the Enneagram. Ennea is Greek meaning “nine.” The Enneagram is a nine point spiritual-psychological inventory to promote awareness and growth of our true self in Christ. I am a One.
Briefly, a resourceful One is intuitive and determined to make things better, to reform and encourage wholeness. A non-resourceful One wrestles with an internal echo of defeating self-evaluation and criticism.
You may not be a One, and that’s not the point. But, who you are in Christ is important.
The point is we all have God given gifts and something to contribute to the conversation. In fact, the body of Christ benefits from all the parts engaging in the conversation and sharing unique perspectives. Engagement is part of knowing one another and growing in Christ together.
So let’s engage. If this resonates with you, share your thought.
P.S. If you would like to know more about and/or take the Enneagram, message me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to administer and review with you.