The Starfish Story


“A single, ordinary person still can make a difference – and single, ordinary people are doing precisely that every day.” — Chris Bohjalian, Vermont-based author and speaker

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You may have heard this one, but I find that it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of it every once in a while.

A glass half full of cold water Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “I made a difference to that one!” Adapted by Peter Straube from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley.

In today's world, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the many needs around the world. War and rumours of war, violent crime, plummeting economies, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, terrorism, The Sky Is Falling . . .

"Lord there is more trouble than I can even keep track of to pray! What can I do?"

Then I read a history of the apostles and disciples after Pentecost. They didn't all go to India. They didn't all go North or South or East or West. They each carried the good news to their various destinations. Some by inspiration; some in desperation; some just by perspiration: but they each did what they could in their little corner of the world and trusted that God would send someone to the other corners.

I found myself directed to the refugee situation in Bangkok. Read More I began to pray and I believe God has shown me a way to make a difference in that little corner. Will you Pray with me? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? It is your prayers (and mine) that will ultimately make a difference. Pour with me a cup of living water, on their behalf and in His name.

Together We Can Will Make A Difference !!

We can't all support a family or even an individual, but we all can give something. The Kings Ransom and the Widow's Mite are equal encourgement to those who are suffering. Knowing they are not alone is as valuable as any gift. Please consider in your heart what gift you could give, either one time or on a monthly basis.

Perhaps you are like Peter and John, saying "Silver and Gold have I none." If that is the case be sure to finish the quote . . . "But such as I have give I thee." Will you commit to a season of prayer? Read our page about the situation in Bangkok. Pray for them daily in your private devotions. Drop by the Facebook Page and offer some words of encouragement. With your friends and your church, pray together, and mention the refugees in Bangkok. Bombard social media. Lift up your voice every chance you get. How much more is that than a cup of cold water - and yet - free for the giving.

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