Shared this story this last Sunday @ Mavuno
The story is told of an old man walking along the beach who noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, ‘What are you doing?’ The youth replied, ‘Throwing starfish back into the ocean. For some reason, the tide seems to be throwing many of them onto the shore. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.’ ‘Son,’ the man said, ‘don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds if not thousands of starfish? You can’t make a difference!’
The boy seemed crushed and deflated. But after a few moments, he bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then he looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”
Now the story normally ends there but mine doesn’t… So here goes!
The old man was so inspired by what the boy was doing that he joined him in throwing the starfish back into the sea. Soon some tourists walking by joined in, followed by a group of local fishermen, who were attracted by all the activity. The crowed grew and within no time, the ‘Save The Starfish Association’ was launched. They not only threw starfish back in but they lobbied the government to regulate the industries who’s environmental practices were weakening the coral reef resulting in the starfish being washed ashore. Eventually, most of the starfish were saved. As was the livelihood of the many communities who lived along the oceon!
Evil wins when good people do nothing. But one person with God on their side makes the majority. Have a fearless week!
Adapted from ‘The Star Thrower’ by Loren C. Eiseley