To kill in a violent fashion.
To greatly impress or amuse someone.
Like when a knight kills a dragon.
Something’s been bothering me.
We give ourselves a lot of credit, these days. We say you’ve slain, when you’ve showered, applied make-up, your clothes fit well, and you show up.
Good hygiene, isn’t a dragon.
Showing up on time, prepared for the task at hand, is not a dragon.
Putting in a full day’s work? Not a dragon.
Doing your best whether your peers do, or not. Not. A. Dragon.
Dragons breathe fire and destroy everything in their mythical paths.
…destruction along mythical lines, looks a little more complex.
But let’s say this:
Dragons are not a thing that can be handled without swords and armor.
You are not safe from a Dragon. Even if it is asleep.
Many, if not most, are invisible.
Dragons are, for most people, something to hide from.
But not for you, Beloved.
You are better than good eyebrows. You are faithful.
You are more than your resume. You are fact.
You are stronger than your story. You are fireproof*.
The myth is that it renders you powerless.
The myth is that it defines you.
The myth is that you have to live with the dragon, and train it, hang out with it, invite it to every party in your honor, and wear it on your t-shirt everyday.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39 (ESV)
*The world and all its passionate desires will one day disappear. But the man who is following God’s will is part of the permanent and cannot die. I John 2:17(Phillips)