Living in the reality of what is rather than the fantasy of what should be is so important, even when it proves to be painful and awkward. Living in the reality of what is may not always be the most enjoyable spot, but it sure beats the foolishness and perpetual agony of the fantasy of what should be. Living in the fantasy of what should be might seem fun and even peaceful for a moment, but it will only bring deeper pain when the fantasy proves to be untrue and a waste of so much time. Let me share with you why…
In the fantasized perspective, you will:
* Imagine yourself being someone you’re not. You will fabricate a whole new personality, character and interaction than what is actually true.
* Trade the true affection and acceptance from those who love and care for you and replace it with the fabricated affections of those who will only use and abuse you.
* Fantasize about what could have been, should have been or what would have been, had things or people just been different and live in a perpetual state of denial, blame and justification.
* Accept a false reality in the attempts of achieving the fantasized world of which you have dreamt.
* Accept the reality someone else gives you to live.
In the proposed reality, you will:
* Recognize who you are and who you are not and embrace whom God has called you to be.
* Grow beyond what or whom you desired to have and embrace your God given purpose and engagements.
* Have to accept that you are unwanted, unloved and unaccepted by the crowd in which you long to belong, but also, open your eyes to see who truly does want you, love you and accept you for who you are.
* Let go of false expectations and embrace the reality of where you are and to where you are commissioned by God.
* Accept the reality God brings to you.
Through those painful moments of life, I have often been tempted, to slip into the fantasy of what could have been or should have been; however, I have learned over the years, this temptation is just that, a temptation for a counterfeit in my life. As I grow older, I have learned (and sometimes, am still learning) to embrace those people and things of value in my life and just let go of those of a fantasized value. I’ve learned to count my many blessings and realize those who aren’t or who have no desire to be in my life don’t need to be fantasized into the beautiful tapestry of life God has woven for me. Because of this, my life has become much fuller and richer.
Living in a fantasy of what should be might bring you a temporary joy, but it is an exhausting journey that will leave you washed up like a broken seashell on the shore, and it will unravel any shred of peace and serenity you might find. We were never created to live in that fantasy. We were never called to fabricate a fairytale in which to abide. God created us to be who we are, and He called us to a time, a purpose and a people. It is our job to seek out that calling, get busy fulfilling it and let all the rest of that stuff go!
…otherwise, you end up living your life like this…😂