JAMAICA’S PROBLEM IS JAMAICA NO PROBLEM

     

The problem with Jamaica is in the statement: JAMAICA, NO PROBLEM.

 

Have you ever heard the story of the boiling frog? The boiling frog is a fable describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in lukewarm water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is shows how sometimes  we can adjust our minds against an imminent threat of real and present danger.

 

How can we fool ourselves into thinking that Jamaica is Ok when there are so many social problems? For such a small island, the problem of MURDER is too pronounced, yet it is the one for which finding a solution seems most elusive.

 

I would think – Catch the criminal, charge and imprison him – end of problem. No wait… You can’t catch him that easily. He is heavily networked in a fortified system. Someone is covering him, there are big lawyers who can help him talk his way out of trouble for a fee and the court system is not straightforward. There are rumors of case buyouts and a backlog of cases in the court system, making things worse. I don’t know why there is this thing about witnesses coming forth to tell what they know. We must be real and fair. Jamaica still has an “INFORMER FI DEAD CULTURE” so why do you want some poor peasant with 3 children to risk her future and that of her children just to attempt justice? No! She can’t be the sacrificial lamb for the solution of crime.

 

What shall we do? Resign ourselves to live with it all? There is talk of change by political aspirants but how often before have we heard these same speeches?

 

The escape for the average man seems to be getting someone to “file” for him and then migrate, removing himself from the “sore” of crime and corruption. No one wants to fix it.

 

I drove through the island of Jamaica earlier this week on a mission to pray with the Jamaican flag (1 Timothy 2:8). I was shocked to see the number of villas and hotels lining our island’s coastline.  I couldn’t help but think – where is the influence of all the owners of Jamaica’s wealth in fixing our ills? Nowhere real because there is a rule – if it doesn’t affect you, leave it alone. This is not right. One man suggested I just enjoy my life and leave these problems alone.

 

The Church as a group is not united nor do they seem motivated to fix it. Each has its own “denominational” business to handle and for the independent empire builders, it is not a concern.

 

The police are handcuffed and in our music industry there are those intent on making anthems for crime and corruption.

 

I am not sure. Maybe the Diaspora???

#prayingwiththejamaicanflag

10 Important Questions You Must Answer Before Leaving 2016

article-bannerIt is a part of our culture to make big goals at the beginning of each year, but how many of us spend the time to assess where we are at the end of that same year? This list will help you to ask yourself the questions that will prepare you for an even better 2017.

  1. Did you make a list of goals or things you were believing God for this year? If so, what did you get vs. not get? (Include miracles, dreams, etc).
  2. Are there at least 10 people in your life who helped you this year? How can you make this known to them? Tell them now, that you are going to need them as a part of your (W)inner circle for 2017.
  3. What do you need from God for 2017? List it now.
  4. If you could change anything about you, what would it be? List specific things you want to lose. (temper, addiction, bad friendships, toxic relationships,etc).
  5. If you had died earlier in the year what would have been your legacy that people would have been talking about for Summer 2016? If it is a bad one you have the time to change it and work on things.
  6. Do you have a backup career or second set of skills that you have acquired?
  7. Who are you currently serving?  (An elderly parent, a pastor, a volunteer cause, etc).
  8. How is your health? Is everything in check and by the way when will be your next doctor’s visit? (before 2016 ends).
  9. I don’t want you to compare yourself – you are unique, but who are the two persons you draw great inspiration from that basically sum up who you want to be in life? (Keep in mind that Jesus Christ is who you should ultimately want to measure up to. He is our measuring rod. See Ephesians 4).
  10. Please consider getting into a professional circle or getting a life coach that can help you reach your 2017 targets. Will you do that?

 

DON’T GIVE UP!