Every now and then, you’ll come across a story that touches you in a profound way. The one I wan t to share with you strengthened my sometimes failing resolve to do a good deed. You know how, at times, you just want to stop being nice? You ask yourself, “Why keep doing this? What’s the point? Am I making a difference?” When you read this story you realize that if everyone did a good deed to every individual he meets…not seek; there would be a lot less pain and suffering and hunger and anguish. If we do our share, no matter how small, it makes a big difference to the recipient of that kindness. Perhaps, even in ways both you, the giver, and the recipient, have yet to realize. So let’s not stop from doing a good deed to everyone we meet. Let God’s love shine through us.
The Star Thrower
Inspired by the writing of Loren Eiseley
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a figure in the distance. As he got closer, he realized the figure was that of 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 into the ocean. The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the surf.
Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference for that one.”