The Folly Of Fantasising
Proverbs 12:11 “He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.”
Other versions as checked from www.biblehub.com gave a clearer understanding of this text. This helps us understand what fantasy is and it’s contrast to hard working.
Contemporary English Version
“Hard working farmers have more than enough food; daydreamers are nothing more than stupid fools.”
Good News Translation
“A hard-working farmer has plenty to eat, but it is stupid to waste time on useless projects.”
GOD’S WORD® Translation
“Whoever works his land will have plenty to eat, but the one who chases unrealistic dreams has no sense.”
The Bible contrasts hardworking on some real project with fantasizing or daydreaming on something unrealistic. To fantasize robs us of the opportunity to do something realistic that will bear fruit. To fantasize is a trap because it is false hopes. Fantasy is foolish.
Fantasy or daydreaming is when you imagine a big breakthrough to sort your challenges and raise you up as the greatest and best without effort. Fantasy includes waiting for free things from donors. Free things corrupt. If we avoid free things we will make more progress in our lives. Spending all the time on the Internet emailing potential sponsors to give you a breakthrough is foolishness. That time if spent on what you can afford, will bear much more fruits.
Fantasy is the sycophantic following of politicians and the rich hoping they will give us money or property or position that will give us a huge breakthrough. It won’t happen. Fantasy is doing a small project with minimum effort but hoping for huge unprecedented results that will make you rich instantly. The Folly of fantasy is that we hope where there is no hope!
Fantasy is waiting for your parent’s inheritance as your secret for success. If it is not out of your efforts, it will rarely be helpful. Fantasy is beginning projects beyond your scope and hoping that it will miraculously succeed. Fantasy is operating without a feasibility study.
Fantasy is expecting to marry or get married by the best man or woman without socializing or improving social skills. We go around with a bad attitude and dismiss those we think are below our class and hope the royal prince/princes will emerge from no where and marry us. It’s folly, you will grow old waiting. Get real and engage the people around you, that is your class!
Fantasy imagines and puts hope on going around hard work and getting the results easy and free. Fantasy is fertile imagination devoid of effort to make it real. Fantasy is dreaming and waiting, instead of waking up to put effort to make the dream come true.
Fantasy wastes time and opportunities. Because of fantasy students don’t study well in school, thinking they can make it miraculously. Those who gamble and bet their money and property do so with a fantasy to make a huge success. In gambling and betting, failure is 99% and success is 1% and unreliable. Majority will die very very poor. The Folly of fantasy!
Unfortunately even prayer without efforts is fantasy. Faith is not fantasy. Faith is believing in God to do what we can’t do as we do what we can. Fantasy is not even doing what we can, hoping God will do it. Foolishness of fantasy. James 2:17 “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
Fantasy includes useless projects. Projects that aim at easy money. Untested and unrealistic. Projects that don’t address market needs but aim at quick profit in some imaginary way. True projects take time to excel. When we give up quickly, it is because it was a fantasy. Fantasy wastes the daydreamer!
May God save us from daydreamers, daydreaming and fantasizing. May God bless our efforts and give us patience to see them grow into big success stories. May God give us wisdom to know when we are daydreaming and power to quit the fantasy trap. In Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)