I’ve known a lot of frustrated people down through the years; and one trait seems to be common to all them. They possess an inability to distinguish fantasy from faith. They’re stuck in frustrated pursuits because their dreams don’t reflect who they were designed to be.
Although the line between faith and fantasy can get very blurred at times, they are vastly different from one another.
Faith rests in the fact that we know who we are and where we’re going. It strengthens us in our fight as we believe for the fulfillment of our ordained purposes. Faith believes even when it does not see any immediate results because it knows that the only real freedom is truth working itself out through real life.
Fantasy, in contrast, creates a false image of what things should and will look like regardless of who I was made to be. Ultimately, fantasy is about escape rather than living. It ignores the truth surrounding us while hoping in self-fulfillment above all things. Fantasy inappropriately propels the believer by incongruous expectations that have little to do with our creative purpose.
I think Jesus may have spoken to this when He said, “If you abide in my Word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32, ESV).
The promise is simple: if I live in Jesus’ Word, then the truth of who God is and who we are will rise to the surface and loose us into the wild adventure of life. We will be free to move into our divine purpose. We will find what has been covered-up by the debris of life’s battles. It won’t be fantasy guiding us, but a real vision for the future that allows my faith to express itself through loving purpose.
While fantasy can fuel our imagination and create impetus for dreaming, it’s only our faith that will move us into the real world. It’s faith that puts feet to our hopes and direction to our dreams. It creates in us the hard work and endurance necessary to manifest what God says about us. Fantasy will always fail us in the battle for dreams, but faith finds momentum and meaning when it is resisted.
The simple truth is: “In him we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) God lives in the real world, so, faithfully create what you’ve been given to manifest, and watch God move in real life.