Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Starfish Story

The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he 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.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. 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 of starfish?
You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf.

Then, smiling at the man, he said…”I made a difference for that one.”

And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Jude 22-23


Deborah said...

I wrote a song based on this story, right before we adopted our son, who is now 10 years old. You can read the lyrics, and Jerry's story at my starfish blog:

BECKY said...

Beautiful story Liesa! We all can make a difference to one, huh? You staying warm gal? We're trying!! I will do the happy dance when we get back to our normal weather!! People down here don't even have clothes for this!!

Have a happee Thursday!!
Love ya,

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I love this story! And yet how many times do we not even try to help "one" because we know we can't help them "all"? Lord, help me to work to bring one at a time to You!

Hope you're having a good week Liesa!


Tori said...

I have always loved this and heard it in a few different variations but it's still so true!

Deborah said...

Hi Liesa, Just a reminder, it's your turn to post today at the kjv blog. Thanks, Deb