Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Starfish Story

The Starfish Story 
 A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean. “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks. “Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.” “But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.” The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”

I love that story. Sometimes I wish I could do so much more than I am doing now. I wish I could sponsor like 50 kids instead 2. I wish I could send money to everyone who needs it not only to a couple people. I wish I give chemo care kits to everyone going through cancer instead of only a few. And the list just goes on and on for me. But when I feel that way, I need to remember the starfish story. I need to remember that I may not be able to change the world but I can make a difference to the few I can touch. :) Did you need to read the Starfish story today? I hope so.

"If you can't feed a hundred people, just feed one" Mother Theresa

"Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone" Andy Stanley

"Do small things with great love" Mother Theresa 

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