2019 ‘a year of key choices’
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.
“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.
IT WAS DANCING and praising in the congregation.