Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Starfish Story...

This is the story that I told at church today. About how we need to reach and help people. It can just be one person and that help but look beyond oneself and help another. Find the Starfish that you can toss back into the ocean.
The Starfish Story
adapted from The Star Throwerby 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."

We can all make a difference. Look around and see who we can help today!


Odie Langley said...

A wonderful story and a great lesson for us all to learn. Thanks for making it clear to us.

Pretty Pink Ribbons said...

Wow! What a great story and clear picture of what Ghandi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world". Thank you for sharing, I was so blessed by this.

Nisha xx

Anonymous said...

What an awesome story, and so true, how often we forget that making a difference for one is making a difference! Thank you for sharing!

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M said...

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