"How do you spell it?" my friend asked.
"E-N-N-E-A-G-R-A-M. Enneagram." I said.
"And what is it?" she asked again.
The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system. It has Christian monk roots and is currently making a resurgence in helping businesses, churches, and your average Joe understand themselves a bit better. In college, I'm a Psychology major, and the Enneagram is the first personality typer that I felt actually gave me real handholds for why I have the insecurities I do and what I can do to grow.
I couldn't shake it. By all appearances, it was a normal day in my favorite class--the Psychology of Play--, but my mind was far from focused. Every Monday and Wednesday at lunch, I cheerily waved hello to friends and waltzed into our bright classroom content with an overflowing salad. But today, with every bite I became more and more unsettled. It started a few days ago: I resolved to not pass up any opportunity I saw to pray for someone; Whether it be for physical healing, emotional turmoil, or whatever other darkness happened to be hovering that day. I was angsty in class because I had walked right past a girl on crutches who was complaining to her friend about the injury and I hadn't offered prayer. I was supposed to be helping to lead class that day, but five minutes in, while my partner was teaching, I walked out the door.
What I've learned about what it means to be transformed into the image of Christ, be reconciled to Him, myself, & others, and how to be His disciple.