Have you ever just wanted to escape from reality? Maybe when you were young, you imagined that you’re the king or queen of a majestic land far away, using towels and sheets as your royal garb, you ordered your siblings around as your royal subjects.
Escape from reality was a common occurrence when we were young, with an imagination so big it allowed us to become a part of history gone by, or create our own world where we made the rules.
As we grew older, new responsibilities and obligations would arise, which made it more difficult to find an escape. However, we found a way; either through TV, movies, music, or social media.
If you think I’m about to shame you for consuming entertainment you’d be wrong. But we ought to examine our motives in the consumption of these things.
It’s important to have a balanced perspective
Philippians 4:8 it says “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
We ought to keep this admonition at the forefront of our minds when approaching these subjects. However, disregarding those mediums as a whole would be a mistake. In order that we do not let these things become unhealthy escapes from reality, we need to identify what we’re attempting to escape from.
- Are you trying to escape from your accountability to God?
- Are you trying to escape from the stress and demands of this world?
If the first was true for you, understand this; no amount of attempts of escape can rid you of your accountability to God.
If the second was true for you, I would encourage you to go to God through prayer and the reading of his word that he might give you a new avenue to get refueled and reenergized to take on the challenges of the world through God’s guidance.
Though the use of social media or the consumption of movies, TV, and music can be used in a God-glorifying manner, I would encourage you to not use these things as escapes from reality.
God can teach us about many things about ourselves, the world, and Himself through many different mediums if we are paying attention to what He is showing us.