You have a part to play in ensuring a better world!

Saturday, November 28, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

Could it be that the instinct to survive was what made the men who traveled with Jonah to form collaboration irrespective of their race, tribe and religious believes to find out what was the cause of the sudden storm they found themselves in?

I am of the opinion that it was their instinct to survive dominating over their instinct to multiply and invest, that lead them to throw the ‘wares’ they had purchased with ‘hard earned money’ into the sea, in an attempt to prevent a ship wreck.  In this story, every man was said to have cried unto “his god”, they were united and determined to survive and they cast lot to fish out the culprit- Jonah!

The events recorded in Jonah 1: 1-17 and my experience in my last post, was a wake-up call to me that, if we are wise, we will lay aside religious, ethnic, racial, educational, status differences to unite to fight and curb the situations that threatens our peaceful and purposeful existence on earth! 

We saw this happen when the Ebola virus was curbed in Nigeria- everyone united for the greater good! We saw this with the #BringBackOurGirls campaign founded by Professor Oby Ezekwesili. The success of this campaign being that people all over the world can identify with the pain the families of these girls are undergoing.  And the question of, what can be done to bring back the girls to their families still remains.

That said, the question on my heart today is what can you do to ensure that our world is free from Mental Health stigma? A lot of publicity and education went into eradicating the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS such that, today persons living with virus are loved, accepted and given an enabling environment to thrive. 

All I am saying is that, you and I have a part to play in ensuring that persons suffering from mental health disorders are given the needed support to thrive.

Medical attention and counselling should be accessible and affordable for them. They should not be treated as victims of their circumstances…They should be educated on how to manage their mental health; their care providers/ love ones should be educated on how to love them…

Well, I’m just saying it the way it is in my heart, because, my name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a full life!


Reference:
Jonah 1: 1-17
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Prayer:
Father, I ask that you will heal hearts and homes that are hurting because of the pain of their situations. Let your hope replace hopeless, let your joy be our strength, let us see and experience the goodness of playing our respective parts to ensure that our world is a safe place to live, in Jesus name, Amen.

I will love to hear your thoughts on this. Please email me at idaretoblossom@gmail.com


Can Life Be Preserved?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

It was a bright Tuesday morning. The sun rays descended as though it was mid-day while it was just a few minutes after 8 am. The ‘busyness’ and business of the day had begun.  I was on my way back from dropping our daughter at school when I first heard the gun shots. Initially, I discarded them, thinking they were sounds of fireworks which was usually the case this time of the in the corner of the world where I live. But as the sound intensified and became frequent and distinct, it became clear to all in the vicinity that these were gunshots from a robbery operation nearby!

With this realisation, came fear and panic. Some abandoned their cars and run into the enclosed neighbourhoods, others jumped out of the buses they boarded in cases were drivers were adamant to take cover. That day, everyone spoke one language - (Life-perseveration) irrespective  of their religions and ethnicity. Many laid on the bare floor not regarding the dirt on the floor or the beauty of the fabrics they had on to avoid been hit by a straying bullet.  Humorously, I found myself flat on the floor besides a middle aged woman who had run out of her bus and was taking cover on the floor under a packed car! (Did I hear you laughing???)

The fear of stray bullets was real. The fear of the loss of life was real. The panic and worry over loved ones who lived within the vicinity was intense. In a flesh, I could see that, indeed, the most important possession or achievement in life was ‘life’ (the privileged opportunity to exist, to live) and not just ‘things’ – Cars, houses, fame, prestige, family, Careers, businesses… and so on!

Jesus, in Luke 12: 15 hits the nail on the head, when he advised a young man about covetousness.
 “…a man’s life does not consist of the abundance of things that he possesses…”
Now, do not get me wrong, ‘the abundance of things’ are good necessaries that make life comfortable and are much to be desired.
But again, what benefit will it be to anyone if he gained ‘everything’ and lose the most important thing - his life, his soul? Well I am just asking…

What I observed that Tuesday morning, reminded me that:

All that God created was to sustain Life. I learnt that, Life itself is more important than the things that were created to sustain it. I learnt that when life is threaten, man’s instinct to survive is activated in a reflex! 

Are you more concerned about the substance of life than the 'sustainer' of life?

God is the One who Sustains life. He opens His hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing... You can rely on Him! Proverbs 3:3-5

My name is precious, I was Bipolar and I live a full life.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, do not permit me to seek sustenance outside of you. Help me to understand that my life is more important than food and that my body is more important than Clothes… in Jesus name, Amen. Luke 12:22-31

Reference:
All scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
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*The Robbery incident in Festac Town, Lagos on Tuesday, 6th October, 2015 (http://www.channelstv.com/2015/10/13/mother-and-child-killed-in-festac-bank-robbery/)