2019 ‘a year of key choices’

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THE PER­SONAL CHOICES peo­ple make in 2019 will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on their lives.

This was part of the mes­sage

Pas­tor Michael Crichlow de­liv­ered to the con­gre­ga­tion at Trin­ity Out­reach Min­istries In­ter­na­tional on Old Year’s Night.

He called on those at the ser­vice, held at the Sa­muel Jack­man Prescod In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, to make the right choices through the help of God. He warned that bad choices would not only im­pact their lives neg­a­tively, but also the lives of oth­ers.

“I have come to re­alise over the years that peo­ple’s lives don’t just hap­pen. The way you see cer­tain peo­ple in cer­tain po­si­tions or cer­tain peo­ple with cer­tain things or cer­tain peo­ple be­hav­ing in a cer­tain way it, just don’t hap­pen. Their lives are a re­sult of cer­tain choices they made. Some­times those choices have neg­a­tive im­pacts on their lives or some­times those choices have pos­i­tive im­pacts on their lives.”

Crichlow told his lis­ten­ers that the choices con­cern­ing how they spent their money in 2019 would have a ma­jor im­pact on their lives.

Reschedul­ing

“You will have to make some per­sonal choices about how you spend your money in 2019. You can’t stop at the fast foods [restau­rants] ev­ery sin­gle day and ex­pect to raise money in 2019. You are go­ing to have to do some reschedul­ing. You can’t spend money to im­press peo­ple that you do not like. You are go­ing to have to spend money that you know you have and put aside some­thing to make your­self a suc­cess.”

De­ci­sions also had to be made about as­so­ci­at­ing with peo­ple, the preacher de­clared.

“There are some peo­ple you are go­ing to have to let go in 2019 be­cause all they are do­ing is hold­ing on to you like a leech, pulling you down, and suck­ing the good­ness out of you. And when you be­come noth­ing, they leave you and go some­where else to suck.

“You are go­ing to have to make some choices in 2019 con­cern­ing who is a friend and who is not. You are go­ing to have to make some choices about what job you are in­volved in, and if you’re go­ing to stay in that job. You are go­ing to have to make some choices on what min­istries you are in­volved in and which church you go to. In 2019, you will have to make per­sonal choices.”

Crichlow, who is also prin­ci­pal of Trin­ity Academy School, said those writ­ing the Com­mon En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion later this year would have to make per­sonal choices, as well as those at sec­ondary and ter­tiary lev­els.

“Those at sec­ondary school who have been wast­ing time and wast­ing tal­ent and wast­ing abil­ity and wast­ing God-given strength, as you go back to school, I am ask­ing you to make some per­sonal choices con­cern­ing max­imis­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties that God has given you. Those who go to the Univer­sity of the West In­dies and hang out un­der the trees in­stead of go­ing to class, this is not a time to be fol­low­ing Tom, Dick and Harry. This is a time to get your ed­u­ca­tion and roll out of there and be­come all that God wants you to be,” he ad­vised.

The min­is­ter said God did not cre­ate ro­bots but gave man the abil­ity to make choices.

“Our lives to a very large ex­tent are as a re­sult of what choices we make. Choose to ac­cept Je­sus Christ as Lord and Saviour. What a change that will make. Choose to get mar­ried to the cor­rect per­son and what a change that will make in your life. Choose to be in busi­ness with the cor­rect part­ner and what a change that will make in your life. Your choices will be lifechang­ing and long-last­ing. If you hook up with the wrong per­son, God help you.”

He made men­tion of Adam and

Eve who made the wrong choice, and stressed that to­day, the devil was still trick­ing young peo­ple into be­liev­ing God was hold­ing back good from them.

He also spoke about Joseph, who made the de­ci­sion to trust God de­spite his many set­backs; and about Abra­ham, who was blessed be­cause he chose peace and hu­mil­ity while his nephew Lot suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant loss, hav­ing made choices based on pride and ego.

Crichlow urged the con­gre­ga­tion to trust God in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion, and al­ways fol­low His teach­ings and Word.

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PAS­TOR Michael Crichlow urg­ing the con­gre­ga­tion at Trin­ity Out­reach Min­istries In­ter­na­tional to make right choices in 2019.

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IT WAS DANC­ING and prais­ing in the con­gre­ga­tion.

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