A couple years ago our MOPS group took personality tests. This was before the Ennegram was all over so it was the Meyer-Briggs test. I think I was something like INFP (but I was a couple years ago and I struggle to remember what I did yesterday so…that may not be super accurate). What I do certainly remember is that this test informed me that I am Michael Scott. If Michael Scott were to take this personality test he would have ended up with the same letters that I did.
When I discovered that I had so much in common with the over enthusiastic, human resource hating, and unorganized boss I was mildly offended. I was offended until I really thought about it and realized I for sure would score the same as this character. My level of disgust was taken down a notch when I discovered that one of my friends in this group aligned with Dwight Schrute. Dwight would not be the most complementary character to receive either. If you have watched the office you could give numerous reasons why being Dwight would not be a compliment. It is not the most complimentary yet I can see why their personalities would be similar. My friend loves organization and detail, she is a faithful friend, and faithfully works for what she loves. Since she received a Dwight Schrute diagnosis and I received a Michael Scott prognosis that means we make a great team! A comical one but a great one.
Sometimes I can get so consumed with what type of personality I am. Last week I took an free Ennegram test. Who knows how reliable that thing even was. I however wanted it to tell me what to eat for super, what kind of career to pursue after, and what color my shirt should be the next day.
Sometimes I get so consumed with what type of personality type I am that I forget who’s I am. I forget who’s I am and who created me and sculpted my life to look like it does.
I also forget that we need all the Tobey’s. We need the Pam’s. We need the Jim’s. We need the Ryan’s. We need the Stanley’s. We need the Daryl’s. We need the Kelly’s.
We need all the people because all of them were created in the image of God. Each person has something for their community. And our communities holds different people that you and I need. We can not be all the things all the time. God created each of us and he created us to be in community. He created us to need community and for the community to need us.
When we pool all the characters created in the image of God together we get a bigger and better place. Even when the Toby’s ruin our fun, the Kevin’s may not be the brightest crayon in the box, and when the Dwight’s reorganize the office and ration toilet paper.
We can live in our freedom. We can be who God created us to be and not be concerned that we are not someone else. Christ set us free when he laid down his life for us on the cross.
“it is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”Galatians 5:1
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh, rather, serve one another humbly in love.”Galatians 5:13
Live in the freedom Christ created you to be in. Live in the freedom Christ laid down his life for you to live in.
What Ennegram number?
Or Office character do you bring to your community?