I’ve recently been surprised about how much the Bible has to say about “fantasies.” For instance:
“He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgement.”-Proverbs 12:11
“Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.”-Ecclesiastes 6:9
Both of these verses have a common theme. In the first one, it is wiser to just work than to waste time chasing any fantasy that comes to mind. In the second, it’s wiser to enjoy what you have in front of you than to pine for something completely beyond your grasp. The common theme? Enjoy the present and be content with it; and don’t waste time fantasizing about things that can’t be.
This is a hard lesson for me to learn in my present state of life, as I toil beneath the yoke of Wendy’s and yearn for a better job, a better place, a better life. It’s easy for me to fall asleep at night fantasizing about what I could be doing. While it’s not wrong to dream big, I think these verses show that it is wrong to just dream and never do anything about it.
These verses also emphasize a godly contentment with what you have. Don’t dream about too much, but dream and work within reason. Very difficult indeed when you’re flipping burgers and struggling to bring in enough money to live off of. But if I “work my land”, God will provide. And if I enjoy what’s in front of me now, I think I’ll have more satisfaction than most. Hopefully these reasons overthrow my want to spend my days in idle fantasizing…
[side note: what do these verses have to do with fantasy literature? hmm…i think I have a future blog post already!]