This fish continued his valiant fight for life even after being pulled from the water. I enjoy seafood so much but I hate thinking about how it got to be on my plate! In the end, this fish flopping and floundering did him no good. The word “floundering” was perhaps influenced in the 1590’s by the Dutch word, “flodderen” meaning to flop about. Later this verb referred to being completely unable to decide what to do or say.
Today’s verse gives a goal and direction to life. Rather than flounder through life following different visions and dreams, there is a sense of purpose. This goal in life does not change with the times or fashions of the day. It is not a goal that disappoints but a purpose that is deep and lasting. There is no ambiguity. We are to live our lives for the Lord Jesus who died and was raised again for us. Living to please ourselves leaves us empty and unfulfilled. Solomon found that living for any desire or pleasure was meaningless and like chasing after wind. (Eccl. 2:10-11)
It breaks my heart to see family and friends floundering, living for the next relationship, the next adventure or the next big purchase. A whole life can be spent on the dubious goal of pleasing one’s self. But living for the Lord is always an adventure of faith! He gives that sense of purpose to my life. Living for His purposes gives a satisfaction and a significance like nothing else can.
Thank you Lord, that in sacrificing Your own life, You have made mine worth living!