Have you had any exciting dreams lately? Did something really good happen in any of them? There are other kinds of dreams that are best forgotten with their twisted story lines, and bad emotions. But we also dream while we are wide-awake, don’t we?
What about this one for a daydream? I am suddenly so rich that I can design a home just as I would like it to be; two-storied of course, with everything that opens and shuts. Outside, a tennis court and a swimming pool – nothing spared. Of course, it is all overlooking a beautiful view.
How about dreaming about a sporting victory? Winning a Wimbledon, hitting the winning run, or kicking the winning goal, all make good daydreams. Then there are others who see themselves as great performers on stage or screen. But like a bubble, all dreams burst and reality sets in again.
Fantasy or reality
It seems that many people live on the edge of fantasy. They think in wishes. “If only I had...” is the way the thought begins.
If only I was born good-looking. If only I’d married into money. If only I could win the lottery.
If only I had heaps of talent. So the list goes on, and, let’s face it, we all indulge to some extent in this kind of wishing.
When reality sets in we realise that there are many gains and achievements in life that only a comparative few can have. Not many people in all of history are going to be fabulously rich or are going to be the world’s number one in a particular field.
Choosing where to live
If we go through life doing little more than wishing, which of course changes nothing, life can be a dreary and disappointing thing. We will always be looking at better things from a distance, always hoping our ship will come in, putting up with the present in anticipation of a better tomorrow – a tomorrow which never comes.
The world of reality is the place to live rather than the world of fantasy. If we are real we will have the chance to know who we are, why we are here in this world and where we are going. We also have the opportunity to know what we can do about the great issues of life rather than standing passively, watching life go by.
Where do we look?
The most realistic assessment of life and its meaning and values came from the lips of Jesus. His authority to speak was made very clear by the proof He gave that He was and is God.
He made it plain that we are God’s creatures with meaning to our existence. He showed that we are out of touch with God and in great need of Him. In one place He claimed “I came that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”
Right here on planet earth, in time and space reality, the Lord Jesus Christ paid the penalty of our sins, rose from death and
left us every good reason why
we should believe and trust in Him.
The dream comes true
When a person turns from sin and comes to know Christ personally, many, many blessings become theirs. Yes, ordinary people like you and me can be called “children of God” because God has made it so. Also, we become heirs, not of a fortune on earth but of all that God has prepared for us in heaven. Meanwhile, peace, joy and forgiveness are daily blessings that are more than money can buy.
The choice is there: fantasy or reality?