As we look at these daughters and what they were contending for in their ‘future’, we know that their showing up was not just about the future, but also required a present courage, and an understanding of the past and the context to their contending.
Not everyone naturally thinks future.
We use a tool in our world that helps make sense of the way we see the world, like a personality assessment. In Enneagram wisdom, each triad relates to time in a specific way. ONES, TWOS, and SIXES orient to present time. THREES, SEVENS, and EIGHTS orient to future time. FOURS, FIVES, and NINES orient to the past
Time orientation is where we focus most of our thoughts and attention. And one of the ways we can grow is to recognise we can actually access all three orientations.
So if you’re a Past Oriented person, consciously choosing to experience the present moment or planning for future goals would be healthy, holistic practices to engage in.
If you’re a Future Oriented human, then reflect on the past; what went well or wrong, and what you can learn from those encounters, as well as trying to be present in each moment.
If you’re Present Oriented, then past and future thinking will help you move out of getting lost in the moment.
The key is always balance, accepting and loving how our Type has helped us survive, then inviting in new experiences as we work toward integration and growth.
As we live in the invitation for 2022 to Take New Ground let me remind you today of the scriptures we have declared over this year and see how they continue to help you orient yourself in God’s promises.
Joshua 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”
Hebrews 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
In the new terrain with you
PS Enneagram Paths writes this description of each in more detail and on my blog I will post a second blog about this today.