Escaping reality is just another way to run. Yesterday I wrote about running and I wasn’t talking about exercising. Escape routes are everywhere. I am talking about the great need to escape reality, to be in a different life than that of the present. Do you want to know how many people find themselves in a mess after indulging in activities that are not conductive or healthy to a Christian lifestyle? They live everyday with two personalities.
Just ask the person who is having an affair. Affairs could be not only physical but also emotionally. When a person expresses personal information or gives time more to the opposite sex other than their spouse it usually leads to an escape. Escape to what if? The grass is not greener on the other side, although maybe more exciting and enticing at first, it just brings mental anguish in the long run. The dual personalities manifest when a person wants to take this route. Double lifestyle equals double trouble along with many painful memories that affect more than just two people.
When people find themselves under pressure, stress, frustrated relationships or painful memories they can do one of two things. One, they choose to make a change, forgive and trust in the comfort of the Spirit of God by accessing in relationship. Two, they choose to escape the present by living in a world of fantasy, living double minded, refusing to learn to better themselves and neglect responsibility with blame shifting. A person can only takes this for so long, for it breaks down the inner man causing eventually a fall resulting by exposure to sin. Ask the drug addict, the alcoholic or the abuser. It starts with experimenting what ifs, to acting out. One doesn’t just start out in life stating they want to be a prostitute, a drug addict or an adulterer.
Escape routes prove to be disastrous. Why does one think the escape routes work? Escape reality routes are only short term relief when it comes to doing something against the word of God and when we choose to please ourselves. We can just look around us and see the effects of overeating. Why do people overeat? Cause they can! Food is a comfort but only a temporary one when we eat more than our body can use. It is an escape reality route until you reach the end of the road at reality check pointe. This doesn’t happen overnight but when the body develops sickness or disease. Buying things can be fun and exciting but when the bills come in, reality check sign pops us in the head.
For some reason when we see the sign reality check, we want to go the other way to escape reality. However, we will never be able to escape reality. This life is reality until it becomes eternal life. Take a look at your life right now. How would you describe it? Have you been escaping reality? For many of us, we all have been there and those times we wish to forget. If you are looking for peace and stability, balance and truth there is more to life than trying to escape it. You can have a new life if you stop running down the escape route. It is found in the faith of Jesus Christ. Take the opportunity to experience perfect grace, favor and true love through personal relationship with Him. Don’t settle for the fallacy of short term counterfeit happiness, it is not the real thing.
Prayer: Show us Lord when we tend to look at the escape reality route and turn the other way toward you. Show me the path of holiness and righteousness that leads to your peace and love. In Jesus name. Amen.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.