A little while ago I took an enneagram test and found out I was a type 1. And I wasn’t exactly sure how to feel about it, haha. A simple definition of type ones is this: ones are typically perfectionistic (totally me since I was little), purposeful, and full of ideas to change the world and really go out and do something (haha, called to be a missionary over here). Most all of it is true to my personality, though there are a few things that I come closer to other types in.
Our faults? We ‘ones’ can be overly perfectionistic, worry about little stuff, and can be completely stubborn in doing it OUR way… but as I’m a type one, I’ve been trying to embrace the mess of life instead of fretting over the little things that. really. don’t matter.
As number three of ten kiddos (oldest girl; nine at home), and we’re homeschooled and live a farm life, it can be so easy to get caught up in the craziness and chaos of life. Someone’s always leaving, and there’s always something crazy going on at our house! It’s never quiet y’all. xD Our guests can be completely overwhelmed with all the little voices and the dog barking… we’re pretty much an invasion, haha.
But when I’m annoyed at the crayons left all over the place, or I can’t find my hair tie, or I misplaced my shoes, I try to remember this:
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
–1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)
That verse can make me stop in my tracks. Am I embracing what really matters, or getting upset for simply nothing? Is this glorifying God?
And when I am honest…
DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
I’ve found myself asking that question more lately. Does it really matter? Honestly, most of the time it doesn’t. I can get so caught up in the things of this world that don’t matter.
This doesn’t mean I can wander aimlessly through life without a care. There’s a lot of different reasons for that, but here’s a few. Because #1: God put us here for a reason, #2: Life is beautiful, && #3: We’re all given a job.
Life is so so crazy. I’m constantly running here and there, but a lot of the time I just need to stop and embrace the mess.
Messes change. That sounds funny, but they do! I don’t worry about the same mess that I did three years ago, simply because people change and grow up. I’ve changed!
I am constantly reminded that I need to stop and take it all in. Breathe just a little bit. Have those special moments with Jesus. Pray harder. Have good memories with family and great friends.
I’d love to hear your thoughts y’all! You guys are honestly some of the best inspiration I have. ❤
What’s your enneagram type? What kind of things help you slow down a little?
Thanks for reading my rambles,
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