Majority

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

Advertisements

6 responses to “Majority

  1. Wow am so challenged by that story, Yes will come out of my cocoon and affect my generation in my small way with Go.

  2. Wow! I aspire to stop choosing which starfish to throw back and which to leave on the beach. As long as its on my stretch of beach then its my responsibility to pick it up and toss it back into the ocean. Blessings.

  3. Hi Pastor M,
    This has nothing to do with your post, but I’m quite frustrated, having sent emails to the mavuno contact email address with no response. Other than the info@mavunochurch.org email address, might there be another one that is actually monitored?

  4. Pastor this is wow. I have read the same story but didn’t have the same meaning as it is now as i read.
    Thats wow. Am Gonna be affecting my Next Generation

  5. You know i had not come to church for about two months and this sunday i decided since i have a prayer in my heart let me go to church and talk to God one on one to answer it.
    i have started an initiative and i have been actively been telling people to contribute towards my cause. the cause was brought about one month ago when i saw a woman in prison attire being dropped by the prison bus to take her child for immunization or treatment to mbagathi hospital.this act moved me i will never forget that morning.she was soo happy carrying her son who was dressed in jeans and a green sweater and the woman was in two matutas and her prison clad. they had just passed infront of my car.my sister and i were damp folded and in awe.

    immediately i got into the office i was soo overwhelmed with this urge in me to be of help.therefore from that day .. i have been asking people through facebook and social forums to donate anything they have eg baby clothes from age 0 to 6 and toys so that i can put a smile on an inmate’s child who is living in poor condition with their mother in prison.So far so Good,God has been softening the hearts of people and i have an IT person who has donated his skills to make a website for me for free and a doctor that has agreed to donate his skill.

    The Sri lanka guy that pastor M brought to church was just a sign sent by God that i should continue with this quest.Even mo so is that we are both of the same age-am turning 26 in august- and we have this will to be agents of change.
    Its my believe that the advantaged 10% owe humanity the responsibility of taking care of the 90% diisadvantaged.
    My cause is to put a smile and make the life of the inmate’s children in prisons bearable and joyful one.am praying to God that he shall make my dream of having a day care center in every prison were there is an inmate’s kid in.for the simple reason of giving them their natural and fundamental rights of being a child.there should in no way pay for the sins of their mothers.
    HENCE I APPEAL TO ANYONE READING THIS POST DONATE ANYTHING TOWARDS THIS INITIATIVE BE IT A SHILLING THAT WILL GO TOWARDS BUYING BABY FEEDING BOTTLE OR CLOTH NAPPIES OR JUST BABY CLOTHES OLD OR NEW.IF YOU HAVE A SKILL YOU CAN DONATE PLEASE DO SO or simply accomapny me to the prisons.for the simple reason that God has seen you through a bad situation pay it forward to this kids.reach me MUTHONI on m.wamuiya@gmail.com

    P.S i am a normal person that wants change for the children in prisons 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s