As we take stock of life and take a look towards the future and being wise looking back over the events of days gone, for this is true wisdom when we can draw from our past and now to mold the future. As we do this I am sure we all have different thoughts of what the future holds. Even as we consider the past we would have different thoughts about what got us to this point.
We all get asked in the light of world events what does this mean? I have to say some times I don’t know helps us Lord in the changes that are rushing towards us all. Several years ago I picked up a book called “The Tipping Point”, I am told it has become rather a buzz statement for many, with many taking it up to sum up their feelings of now. The notion is that everything comes to a point of balance, one that is ready to tip and throw its weight towards a certain direction. Many things can tip the balance, it could be a reasoned thought, an emotional response, or a circumstance that tips the balance and takes you over an edge. In other words the statement we often used to hear of “its got to break” has now moved into a roller coaster a movement, beginning a direction that seemingly has its own momentum. So many people I talk to feel as if they are either on the approach to or at the point of just starting over, on the edge of their own “tipping point.
Whatever way we consider, the past, the present and the future I have come to one conclusion, that echoes out loudest over all my thoughts, and I have shared this in several settings over the last 3 years. It was so loud in my thinking that it drowned out every other thought in my mind; it is “what got me here will not get me there”. An understanding formed in me, that what ever brought me to know what I now knew, whatever had positively assisted, empowered and served me/us, was not sufficient to carry me/us into tomorrow. A now, new moment had arrived, in every new moment there is a new encounter, which is necessary to envision and equip the day. Moses saw God in the burning bush, Abraham met God for his journey and new pilgrim life style, even Jesus encountered the Father in the Garden to face he cross, earlier he encountered the Father at his baptism in preparation for the wilderness and the 3 ½ years of function.
Wherever you are, I think the tipping point is becoming a life-style, not just a moment but also a way of life that we are always negotiating. There is in fact a cost to be considered in every tipping point, be it into an event, a way of life, or a life choice, that will not even allow us to return to where it all began.
A place of no return so to speak, a rub-icon crossed?, this all sounds high and mighty, but we make these kinds of decisions daily. Decisions effecting people and relationships, how we use our money, our job/vocational choices, we even see it in the small events of life as they may be. Please realize that most lives are a sequence of small events and we cross rub-icons daily that have no pain attached but certainly are transformational in terms of our friendships and families – people, what we do – time, and the final resource in our lives, money and how we dispose of and work our money – finance.
Can I encourage you to think out of the box before you negotiate the “tipping point” and set your roller-coaster along life’s chosen pathway. Clear the house, your life first with start by determining I QUIT! This I Quit will help the process of going over the edge taking that step forward I will give you just 4 “I Quit”
Quit making excuses
Quit living in fear
Having chosen to negotiate my “tipping points”, having then welcomed them these “tipping points”, they have in turn set up various directions of life for me over the last 8 years. It has caused much re-evaluation of resources, hearts, and direction as events and situations continue to present themselves. I have had to remodel my view of life and more than that, remodel my view of God himself. Which of course allows the remodeling of how we function. Knowing this discovering View of God that will determine how well we all live.
Following all that I am excited over the phase we have now began to live though, a phase that clearly brings multiplication in a new way into my thinking. Seeing Apostolic networks possibly becoming Apostolic families, heavily relational rather than organizational, realizing that we should not replace the single grace that so empowered many and much in last 30 years + with another grace, endorsing a Papal system again, but seeing the release of multiplication of apostolic graces across the countries and world in this phase. Many networks or movements are giving way to family expressions with a relationship life flowing across them and through them, which is releasing the possibilities of continual multiplication. It must then continue to fill the world we live in with organic family expression of Christ.
It’s a time not to be nostalgic in any way but to seize the new phase and take hold of the circumstances that now face each of us.