Monday, September 26, 2011

What’s with the name One Little Starfish?

The Starfish Story

adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."

On the Shore

There have been many variations of this story over the years but the meaning is still the same. One person can make a difference and even if you help just one person it’s worth the effort. That’s why I started this blog. We can all make a difference in the lives of an orphan. We can rescue or ransom them one at a time. No matter what our talents are, time we have to devote or dollars to give we can all do something. If you are a Christian it is your calling. James 1:27 says, "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained the world." This directive wasn’t just for a few Christians. It is for all of us and we can all do something about it. You may not be able to adopt, but you can pray, give, encourage, advocate, foster or in some way come along side a child in need of a forever family. The opportunities are literally endless. The task seems overwhelming. But we can make a difference in the lives of these children (little starfish) one at a time.

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