Escapism is Easy to Find

Especially when the job ahead of you ….

Jail… is full of unpleasant and harsh realities. Or maybe not. We look for distractions when we do not want to do what needs to be done. The harder the task, the more easily a distraction becomes sought for. And found. Maybe it’s an onerous task, but the fact that we find “something else” to do makes it feel like an escape.

“We each devise our means of escape from the intolerable.”  ― William Styron, A Tidewater Morning

Even when we don’t mind doing what needs to be done, we still need to edge up to the task and forget about the idea of escape.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t you’ll find an excuse.” ~Jim Rohn

An excuse is the most common form of escapism. There must be a better way… a better place… a better time… It is often about assigning blame on someone else for the predicament you find yourself in. Hence, escapism puts us into the hunt of looking for another, and better, situation or life.

“I’m sorry! I really am! I wanted to get out of this place! I want to live! I want to get away from here and never see it again! I hate everything about it!”

“You will hate the next place, too,” I said. “What you are you will carry with you.”
Louis L’Amour, The Proving Trail (emphasis mine…)

In life this often means we escape to excesses. Name it, we find something to fill the void of uselessness. Then we find something that seems to fit and there is nothing that can be done to bring us back to true usefulness. Until we find within our self that call to return.

Then, a cleansing can take place and we can leave the excesses of escapism behind. But watch out. If you do not fill your life with the right stuff, then the excesses will more powerfully sweep in and return you to that life you do not want to live.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”  (Matthew 12:43-45 NKJV)

Notice, Jesus described the man as “…empty, swept, and put in order.” We can comprehend the swept because we know what sweeping does. We can comprehend the “put in order” because we all understand the process of straightening and returning something to it’s rightful place.

Look at the empty for a moment. The original word in Greek means:

From G4981; to take a holiday, that is, be at leisure for (by implication devote oneself wholly to); figuratively to be vacant (of a house): – empty, give self. ~ Strongs Concordance

Leisure. Holiday. Leave your home vacant while you are “gone.” And the Greek word it comes from means “loitering”…

  • to linger aimlessly or as if aimless in or about a place:
  • to waste time or dawdle over work:

Aimless. Wasting time. In other words, not being productive.

How do we release ourselves from this easy Escapism? How do you escape from this? That’s the question of today…


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