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You ever feel like you were just floundering? Floundering is a weird word for sure. I looked it up today. One of the definitions in Webster for flounder is “to fling the limbs and body, as in making efforts to move; to struggle, as a horse in the mire, or as a fish on land; to roll, toss, or tumble.”

So it’s worth asking again: Have you ever felt like you were floundering? It is a good definition of my last week, and I’ve had a hard time figuring out why.

Chuck Swindoll tells a story about floundering — of actually fishing with his father for the illusive fish. They would walk out  into the shallows of the ocean at night, so far that they would  eventually lose sight of the shoreline. When the lights of the shore would disappear, Swindoll says fear would set in along with an eerie sense of being lost. But when the tiny lights of the shoreline would reappear through the darkness, there was again hope, and, I would guess, a sense they could continue fishing.

It seemed to make sense as I thought about it. If you lose sight of the main thing, if you lose that “due north”,  it is easy to get stuck in the mire, to struggle, to wonder… to flounder

So I am going to try to get the shoreline back in sight and keep the main thing in front of me. Even just a week of floundering is frustrating.

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