The Tipping Point

kayak 11Malcolm Gladwell wrote a wonderful business book entitled, “The Tipping Point.” The basic premise of the book is how small, sustained actions can reach a point where they tip the balance. In business it may be adding that one last marketing piece that allows you to dominate brand awareness. In government, it may be a policy or act of legislation that changes the political landscape.

This morning I was thinking about how many of us have tipping points in life. That place where the cumulative effects of life finally send us over the age. I have a friend who struggled for years, marketed his books, set up consulting appointments and worked harder than an Israel slave in Egypt, until he became an overnight success. With some of us it is the stress and pressure of life that pushes us to our breaking or tipping point. The cumulative weight of life has caused many to throw their hands up in dispair and ask WHY?

Spiritually there is a tipping point too. The Hebrew writer warned us in chapter six of “those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of god and the powers of the age and who have fallen away. It is impossible to bring them to repentancess.” (6:4-6) They reached the spiritual point of no return. For years, perhaps decades they drifted further and further from God till they could no longer discern the spiritual from the carnal.

We need to learn to exercise discernment with each step of life. Do our decisions take us closer to God, closer to our goals, closer to the life we desire and dream of; or is it leading us further from those things. Do you know where your personal tipping points are in life? If so, do you see how closely you can walk towards them, or how far you can keep from them?

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