TRUTH be told…

IN COLLABORATION WITH GOD’S BONDSMAN

If one is free to life and free to live then one should not strive with self concerning the right of truth to live and have its right to life.
The symbiosis between truth and existence is that there is no truth without its existence and that there is no existence unless there is a truth about it. While truth is self-generating and sustaining in this perspective, existence is quite dependent. If existence is not true then existence isn’t itself, thus, it doesn’t exist.

What that opines, by default, is that for existence – and by this I project the term as life – to be in its appropriate state, life should be built on truths and the very foundation that truth is the firm form that gives purpose to the void of existence; consequently, if existence is void of truth, existence is in shambles.
Because to have life is one thing and to live it, another, for those who deem themselves unworthy to live life, they leave it showcasing the most inappropriate conclusion to the existence and affirmation of a blatant disagreement to the truth of existence. Therefore, for life to be in it’s true state, one must accept the truth of life.

What I hope to transmit in these words – sadly, burdened with twists and turns due to my disposition – is that for life to be, then truth has heralded it and in turn – in the presence of life – is the purpose of life which is summed up as truth whereby if one is not living by and towards truth then one isn’t essentially living or alive. Understanding this comes with a hard truth when introspection takes place.

When we were younger the truth was shamed off our lips in fear of adhering to certain norms. It was pushed so far into our throat and as we choked on it, the elders forced it out of us. Now we long to recollect the truth in hopes that it would be familiar to us, but, most times, we know not how to spill it and this is a price we must pay to live, rightly.

Thus, by default, the price to be paid for life, itself, is the existence or living by the truth which brings life to be (gives life to life) such that as one lives life to experience life in fullness, one must equally showcase the truth to have life in all its wellness. Therefore, truth as a thought drives the wheels of life which rotates and revolves around what is true and what would be true without or with it.
It is now the responsibility of those who are alive to tell the truth, to live the truth, to express the truth – truly – by the truth and by nothing less of the truth because the definition of life is the degree of similitude to the truth that one has been given and has given, to others alike, in return.

If the truth is not shared, life becomes a tumbleweed of lies and deception, leaving us more flabbergasted than we already are. To know is to do and to do is to change. The truth brings about change. We must live the truth to live as we must.

Invariably, truth is a weapon. It fights against all forms of deception and falsifications the world throws your way. It is the only sword to ascertain one’s stance. It is the identity for life and must always be uncovered and proclaimed. Jesus is the way, the TRUTH, and then life. If you have Jesus, you have ALL. The word of God is truth and protects one against the world’s evil. Truth is essential. Get truth if you don’t want to be false.

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Name: Olatunde Obafemi

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My life is a Korean drama

Two paths

One choice

Both irreplaceable

And undeniable 

As the clock ticks

And time runs

Both paths

Await a choice

To chose

Is to lose

And to move

Never to return

Not knowing

What each might bring

But hoping it will ease the sting

And leave you pleased 

With no regrets…

EGO

My self, my inestimable treasure

I revere you more than the sinless star

Because in you lies My ego, my pride.

You’re my virtuous bride since I knew life

You’ve been by my side through thick and thin

You’ve witnessed my pains and my gains

I know you better than anyone else

Because our hearts are ensnarled so tight. 

O you beautiful self! 

Your companionship has no rival

Yet, you’re dangerous than danger itself 

Why?

Because you’re the abode of my greatest weakness;

You’re my strongest challenge ever.

You keep fighting battles in my mind

You keep blindfolding me with thy invisible palm

And prevent me from seeing the realities of life. 

You’re my friendly enemy;

A sweet pain in the behind.

O you self, the abode of my Ego! 

Since you’re as sweet as a beautiful poison–

A Delilah on my matrimonial bed

I’ve to divorce you because of your infidelity 

And die to self to resurrect in Christ.
Self control and self discipline, 

I’ve made my endless treasures 

Carnal pleasures, I’ve buried in the bottomless grave
Humility and selflessness, I’ve kissed passionately

And love for others, I’ve made my golden staff.

Though I know you better

Just as the nose knows the colour of air

But someone knows me better;

He knows me more than I know myself 

And without Him, my life is a bitter honey

So I should pride in Him and not in you

Irrespective of your beautiful terrors 

Because…
E very self as subjected to

G od operates

O ptimally
Edited by: Francis Onwuchuruba

Divided 

My voice is free but my soul lost

Counting the paths to be travailed

Not knowing if the previous passion still reigns

Or an emptiness elongates  

Halting every thought and feeling

And leaving meaningless words spilling from my lips

Until the voice loses itself 

And all that is left is the body

In utter uncordination 

Pic from :Nigerian and American

 

Nothing in something

I know i’ve been on a break for a really longgggggg time, but I just couldn’t help but post this up !  The hidden mesaage behind 1Corinthians 13 slapped me so hard last night, and I felt a strong urge to share. Read the following passages first before I shed some rekah-gurly light on it….

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:2‭-‬8‭, ‬11 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1co.13.2-11.KJV

Now here is what I saw:

You may be the smartest individual

You may be the most successful person

You may be a role model for many

You may even be the most humanitarian

You may have won a nobel prize

You may be famous

You may be a “good Christian”

Heck you may have even brought a lot people to Christ because your preaching is on point(spicy)

BUT(listen now)…IF YOU DO NOT HAVE LOVE, you are NOTHING and all you think you have done (as mentioned above) is NOTHING.

Let that sink in…

God is love. The first fruit of the spirit is love. Love covereth all sins… Our world is a mess because we are love-less.

Being a choleric makes this loving that kinda harddd but with the Grace of God, its definitely possible. My name is IFE(translate in English)😉

Have a great week ahead guys ! 

The Truth about Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) 🍄❄🎋

     During my seven-day training in Lagos for the UTC Colombia treatmemt of SUDs for professionals course 1&2,  I was introduced to the study of drug abuse and addiction like never before. I really wish my colleagues and family and friends could have a similar experience because it opened my mind to see things from the right angle and put me one step closer to helping those who suffer from this illness. Since we were only about twenty participants divided into two classes based on course number, and I being the only student there among professionals, I will do you the honor of sharing some key points I gained from the training. Before that, its important we know that the 4 main classes of drugs ( recreational purposes) that are abused are stimulants, depressants, narcotics and hallucinogens. Some of these drugs can be used for medical reasons, when used appropriately and as instructed by a medical pracritioner. Other uses of these drugs can result in the devolpment of an SUD.

1. Substance Use Disorder (SUD)  is a chronic relapsing brain disease.  

2. The family and community have a huge part to play in the recovery process.

3. Even professionals have to try to avoid stigma.

4. Evidence based practices are more effective than those most commonly used for treatment in Nigeria. 

5. Your genes are more than 50% responsible for your predisposition to becoming addicted or not. 

1. A lot of people believe that addiction is just a bad habit or bad decision and place blame on the individual expecting that individual to have the power to quit. Sad thing is that the first puff of sniff is voluntary, but nobody ever plans to get addicted. The term chronic refers to a condition that’s long lasting and has no cure but can only be managed.  A relapse refers to a complete return to previous behavior, or in this case, use of a substance. A disease is something that alters the functioning of the body system (cells, tissues, organs). So if you put these terms together, it’ll make more sense why we need not condemn but be more understanding and systematic in dealing with those suffering from an SUD.

2. After treatment in the hospital, where is the individual released to?  Well that’s not a rhetorical question so I’ll answer it. The individual is released to his or her family and community. That means that the community and family are responsible for helping the individual continue on with recovery since recovery is an ongoing process and relapse can occur at any point. Relapse prevention should be taught to the families. There might also be some underlying issues in the family leading to the use of psychoactive substances; and these issues need to be addressed. If the society or community isn’t conducive for effective recovery, a change of environment might be considered. 

3. The issue of STIGMA is more of a problem than we realize. It’s important to understand that professionals are also humans. They aren’t exempted from stigmatizing patients and clients; especially because of our culture and it’s beliefs or mentality concerning certain issues. How can the very ones designated to offering help or treatment also get involved in condemning and judging the very ones they are to treat? It really calls for some sitting up and training of our professionals, to rightfully deal with this issue. 

4. Evidence based practices are those tested and proven to be more effective in the treatment of SUDs. Some of these practices include CBT, 12 step program, Mulitsystematic family therapy and many others. The sad part is that most therapies practiced in this part of the world aren’t evidence based. This is probably why several patients relapse after being discharged. Continuum of care is very important and more professionals in Nigeria need to learn evidence based practices.

5. Each individual has a DNA that is 99.9% similar to that of another indivual. That 0.1% shouldn’t be overlooked, however, because it plays a critical role in our individual differences. Some people’s genes make them more susceptible to developing an SUD or becoming addicted to psychoactive substances. This is similar to that of other diseases like diabetes and asthma etc. This means that the first smoke or puff is voluntary, but after that it becomes a compulsive thing which your body cannot do without. Addiction is a gradual process however and it alters functioning of the Central Nervous System(CNS).  

     This is just the tip of the iceberg. I want to encourage us all to try to gain as much knowledge as possible in vast areas of study. A man once told me that annointing doesn’t always come with knowledge. The knowledge is what you gotta do for yourself by accquiting as much information as possible.  It might even be that God sometimes chooses to annoint the kmowledgeable. Wisdom is from the Lord! Lets all open our minds to see things the way we are meant to and not how we have always been seeing it or how everyone else sees it. SUD is a chronic relapsing disease…those who suffer from this disease need treatment and not judgment. Prevention is much better than cure. 


What you really need to know about Substance Use Disorder (SUD) 

During my seven-day training in Lagos for the UTC Colombia treatmemt of SUDs for professionals course 1&2,  I was introduced to the study of drug abuse and addiction like never before. I really wish my colleagues and family and friends could have a similar experience because it opened my mind to see things from the right angle and put me one step closer to helping those who suffer from this illness. Since we were only about twenty participants divided into two classes based on course number, and I being the only student there among professionals, I will do you the honor of sharing some key points I gained from the training. Before that, its important we know that the 4 main classes of drugs ( recreational purposes) that are abused are stimulants, depressants, narcotics and hallucinogens. Some of these drugs can be used for medical reasons, when used appropriately and as instructed by a medical pracritioner. Other uses of these drugs can result in the devolpment of an SUD.

1. Substance Use Disorder (SUD)  is a chronic relapsing brain disease.  

2. The family and community have a huge part to play in the recovery process.

3. Even professionals have to try to avoid stigma.

4. Evidence based practices are more effective than those most commonly used for treatment in Nigeria. 

5. Your genes are more than 50% responsible for your predisposition to becoming addicted or not. 

1. A lot of people believe that addiction is just a bad habit or bad decision and place blame on the individual expecting that individual to have the power to quit. Sad thing is that the first puff of sniff is voluntary, but nobody ever plans to get addicted. The term chronic refers to a condition that’s long lasting and has no cure but can only be managed.  A relapse refers to a complete return to previous behavior, or in this case, use of a substance. A disease is something that alters the functioning of the body system (cells, tissues, organs). So if you put these terms together, it’ll make more sense why we need not condemn but be more understanding and systematic in dealing with those suffering from an SUD.

2. After treatment in the hospital, where is the individual released to?  Well that’s not a rhetorical question so I’ll answer it. The individual is released to his or her family and community. That means that the community and family are responsible for helping the individual continue on with recovery since recovery is an ongoing process and relapse can occur at any point. Relapse prevention should be taught to the families. There might also be some underlying issues in the family leading to the use of psychoactive substances; and these issues need to be addressed. If the society or community isn’t conducive for effective recovery, a change of environment might be considered. 

3. The issue of STIGMA is more of a problem than we realize. It’s important to understand that professionals are also humans. They aren’t exempted from stigmatizing patients and clients. Especially our culture and it’s beliefs or mentality concerning certain issues. How can the very ones designated to offering help or treatment also get involved in condemning and judging the very ones they are to treat? It really calls for some sitting up and training of our professionals in dealing with this issue. 

4. Evidence based practices are those tested and proven to br more effective in the treatment of SUDs. Some of these practices include CBT, 12 step program, Mulitsystematic family therapy and many others. The sad part is that most therapies practiced in this part pf the world aren’t evidence based. This is probably why several patients relapse after being discharged. Continuum of care is very important and more professionals in Nigeria need to learn evidence based practices.

5. Each individual has a DNA that is 99.9% similar to that of another indivual. That .01% shouldn’t be overlooked, however, because it plays a critical role in our individual differences. Some people’s genes make them more susceptible to developing an SUD or to becoming addicted to psychoactive substances. This is similar to that of other diseases like diabetes and asthma etc. This means that the first smoke or puff is voluntary, but after that it becomes a compulsive thing which your body cannot do without. Addiction is a gradual process however and it alters functioning of the Central Nervous System(CNS).  

This is just the tip of the iceberg. I want to encourage us all to try to gain as much knowledge as possible in vast areas of study. A man once told me that annointing doesn’t always come with knowledge. The knowledge is what you gotta do for yourself by accquiting as much information as possible.  It might be that God sometimes chooses to annoint the kmowledgeable. Wisdom is from the Lord! Lets all open our minds to see things the way we are meant to and not how we have always been seeing it or how everyone else sees it. SUD is a chronic relapsing disease…those who suffer from this disease need treatment and not judgment. Prevention is much better than cure.