Probably about a year ago despite my better judgement, our Women’s Pastor Maria LeCrone got me pretty intrigued and interested in the enneagram.  At first I thought, “no test can tell me who I am and what I like!”  “You can’t put me in a box!”  So against my will I took the test and it turns out those are exactly the things a type seven would say ha!  So for those of you that know the enneagram and know me it’s probably no surprise I am a type seven.  A seven is the enthusiast.  So here is a brief summary of the trademarks of a seven.

Enneagram 7:  Wants to maintain their freedom and happiness, to avoid missing out on worthwhile experiences, to keep themselves excited and occupied, to avoid and discharge pain.

So after reading that I know what you’re thinking and YES this is a very difficult new world for a seven to live in.  Freedom, experiences, busyness, lack of suffering, and most of all interaction with other people are really important things in the seven’s life.  See for a seven community matters.

             In all reality though, community matters for us all doesn’t it?  It’s starting to make a lot more sense now why people said gathering is important isn’t it?.  Gathering now looks a lot different.  We are attending church services through livestreams in our living rooms, we are meeting in small groups through Zoom, and boy have our co-workers sure changed.  I’m sharing an office with a 4 year old and the 8 month old in the office next to mine screams a lot!  For somebody like me not seeing people in person is really tough.  I miss the smiles, the handshakes, the hugs, I miss the community.  No I don’t need a building to experience Jesus, but I’m realizing I need the people in the building to experience community.  So what can we do?  Do we just write off community until this virus has run its course?  The writer of Hebrews answers that question.

             Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

            I want to encourage us all, even us 7’s 🙂 to push on!  There is still community to be found, it’s just going to look different for a while.  We’ve had a few weeks to wallow in our sadness, fear frustration, and self-pity.  It’s time we as Christians spur one another on and get back on mission.  See the importance of our mission is as important now as it’s ever been.  Wouldn’t you agree, our world needs love and good deeds more than ever?  Doesn’t your ONE need your prayers more than ever right now?  Don’t like watching a church service on a screen?  Me either, but this is how we can meet in community right now and we have to embrace this new habit.  Don’t like having to video chat your small group?  Who does?  What was that line again?  Oh yea, “not giving up meeting together”.  You’d be surprised at the encouragement you might find from a chat room during service, or an hour spent with your small group via video.  Community matters.

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