IS A TIME FOR REFLECTION & RESOLUTION
By Edward Harris
By the time this article gets in to the hands of many of my readers,
Christmas would be just a memory and the New Year will be dawning.
I hope that Christmas 2003 was a memorable one and brought you great
JOY. As you reflect upon the past year and thanked the Heavenly Father
for spared life, that you are not numbered among the dead but alive and
praising him. Some of us lost loved ones during the past year and the
holidays were not as it used to be but through it all, this side of heaven
is still a wonderful place and with Faith in the Almighty, He will show
you a way. Do I hear you say Amen! So be it, 2003 is gone, it cannot
be all bad memories, be grateful for the good and thank God for the experience
of the bad that you are now wiser.
We have crossed over Jordan; we have come to the promised land. Every
New Year brings with it hopes for a brighter and better future. We should
not sit back
and hope for a change for the better in our lives. With God’s help we must
plan for it. We must affirm that we serve a Mighty God and with his help we shall
overcome. Believing that we can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth
us, we can go forward boldly to Affirm, to make Resolutions for the year 2004.
Let us see ourselves on mountaintop, overlooking the promised land.
Feeling the unspeakable joy of having come thus far and by God’s grace, we are moving
on. The year 2004 will be a Great Year for the citizens of the Caribbean. Don’t
take my word for it look around you and count your blessings. Don’t bother
about the curse you endured during the past year. No man can hold you down, let
us go forward on the promises of God. As I said, look around you. Begin with
your immediate environment, and then look beyond. A new day dawns. The isles
have a special place in Biblical history. We are blessed and no matter how many
of our fellow citizens try to turn that blessing into a curse, they just will
Here are my thoughts for the New Year:
- The time has come for us to be a united
people. The Caricom Single Market and Economy must be reality no later than
31/12/04. I would be happy to see it happening much earlier in the New
- Those who
are in a position to help others to succeed must stop being hindrances
and be instruments to progress.
- Our leaders must be more caring
to do things
that will benefit the less fortunate in our midst.
- In dealing with
our fellowmen, we must be forgiving, remembering that God is over
all of us and He is the
final judge of all actions.
- Employers be fair in dealing
with your employees.
- The world economy will experience growth and our people must be
ready to benefit from the spin offs. Our attitude to work and to
strangers must improve. We
should strive for excellence.
- The Private Sector must
effective ways of giving
back to the community. Empowerment of the masses, equip them
to make a contribution to their existence. The Private Sector must
an integral part of the
developmental planning process, where necessary to pool
resources to implement projects that
will transform lives.
- To survive in these challenging times,
prudence must be applied at all levels.
Most persons will begin the New Year with a mission, most commonly
referred to as a RESOLUTION. I will like to share some thoughts that
will go into my resolution.
- In celebration of the year 2004, I would
like to be an agent for positive change. I am referred to as a Supreme
Optimist by many persons but I have great
faith in the Messiah’s gift of abundant living. If we can live abundantly
in the spirit, we will surely experience it in the flesh. In dark times, one
longs for light and if you are overcome by darkness you are finished – suicide
becomes an option. So I pray that we will all strive to be the light of the
world and the salt of the earth. In fulfilling my wish I am dedicating myself
a ray of hope to all groups that will let me in to share with them Positive
Thoughts that will transform lives. My theme is “Nothing Good Happens
Without God!” I
await your invitation.
- Then through the printed word I wish to share with
my readers, whether it is in the Crusader, my archive at www.stluciasimplybeautiful.com
or through The Networker Magazine at www.thenetworkermagazine.com information
that will educate, inform and motivate them to such an extent that they
will become a blessing to themselves and others. I pray that those
who are already
doing similar things, will form a group, that together we can become a
source for positive change.
- I wish to continue to be a medium for
Lucia as a unique destination for business and pleasure in the Caribbean.
- As technology
advances I would like to get together with our local movers and shakers
in the technology sector and do something special for St. Lucia
and the world.
to be more serious about technology and stop operating at the individual
level and find ways to interact with each other. Today many are shying
Associations but this is the time when more groupings should be formed
to ventilate ideas
and take action for the betterment of our nation and the world at large.
I challenge my readers to go forward into the New Year with a commitment
to unity at all levels. United we shall stand strong, divided we are
weak and vulnerable.
Let us pray for our leaders that they will lead us in the path that
God has ordained. Let Love take on a new meaning and that their actions
will be guided thereby.
God is love and those who love God must first love their fellowmen. Let the
New Year be characterized by LOVE!!!!!!!
Keep the Faith. Follow the course that God has charted for you. Ask
and it shall be given unto you, seek and he shall find, knock and it
shall be opened unto
I wish above all that you will prosper and be in health.
See you in church on New Year’s Eve!!!!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!!!