Make a Difference

One day a man was walking along the ocean shore. As he loked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. He began to walk faster to catch up.

As he got closer, it saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. He called out, “Good morning, what are you doing?”

The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.”

“I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?”

“The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”

“But young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all the way along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked another starfish up and threw it into the sea, past the breaking water and said, “I made a difference for that one.”

Who will you make a difference for today?