I have used this phrase, 'pivotal moments' throughout my life. I use it, most often in retrospect, to acknowledge the Lord's work in my life, that has lead to a 'pivot' or course correction in life. The verb-form of the word pivot means...'to modify (a policy, opinion, etc.) while retaining some continuity with its previous version.' Hmm. Doesn't that sound a lot like growth? I would slightly alter this definition in my application to say, 'while retaining much' continuity with its previous version.
However, when you add the 'al' and create the word 'pivotal', the meaning morphs to...'of vital or critical importance.' So, when I use the phrase 'pivotal moments' in my life, I'm describing my own growth and modification of the way I'm thinking and/or the direction I'm heading, even slightly, but it is of vital or critical importance for myself and those closest to me.
Romans 12:2 says that we are to be 'transformed by the renewing of our minds' and Philippians 2:12 says that we are to 'work out our salvation with fear and trembling.' Sounds to me like a long series of 'pivotal' moments. In our fast-paced, ever-changing world, the reality is we are dealing with these kinds of moments every day. They only differ in degree.
As humans with free will, we have the choice as to how these 'pivotal moments' are going to modify us. 'The results of our lives become defined by the objects of our devotion', said my pastor this past Sunday. So these 'pivotal moments' will create outcomes and consequences in our lives, base on where our devotion lies.
This past week, my family and I have experienced what I would call one of the major 'pivotal moments' in life. It's fresh and still in process, for sure. I look forward to unpacking it in the coming days.