The Dragon Slayer vs. The Fly Swatter

fly_swatterThe older I get, the more clearly I can see the big things – DRAGONS TO SLAY – that the little distractions – FLIES TO SWAT – keep me from working on. There are a lot of little flies out there that can keep us distracted from giving our lives to a mission bigger than ourselves & that will outlast this world. I want to live out my life Slaying Dragons & not just Swatting Flies. Here’s a few on my list:


  • A majority of the world & my community are facing eternity without Christ.
  • Discipling & capturing the heart of my kids.
  • Loving my wife as I love myself.
  • Overcoming my own selfishness & sin so that I can experience personal spiritual growth for myself & others.
  • Financial discipline & good stewardship.
  • Encouraging those who are losing hope.
  • Leading a church that makes disciples & glorifies God.
  • Living healthy so that I can be my best for God & my family for the longest possible time.
  • Fatherless kids without mentorship.


  • What other people think about me, my work, & my tribe.
  • The latest gadgets & gizmos.
  • “Must see TV.”
  • The Facebook Newsfeed. (A swarm of flies of Biblical proportions on there!)
  • Taking refuge (beyond just general enjoyment) in the things of this world – food, entertainment, etc.
  • Being satisfied with the way things are.
  • What people are NOT doing.
  • Relying on my own strength instead of God’s power.
  • Petty issues that bring divisions between God’s people.

Are you swatting flies or slaying dragons?

About Lane Corley

I am - Follower of Jesus Christ - Husband to the beautiful and patient Heather Corley - Father of three. - Church Planter / Church Planting Strategist with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. - When I can, I’m reading, raised bed gardening, deer hunting, and on mission with my church. - Hoping to be helpful.

Posted on October 23, 2015, in Devotional, Discipleship and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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