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Changing the World - One Starfish at a Time

Conversations and reflections this morning have led me to recall this modern day parable...

One morning an adult was walking on a nearly deserted beach. He came upon a child surrounded by thousands and thousands of starfish. As eagerly as he could, the youngster was picking them up and throwing them back into the ocean.

Puzzled, the adult looked at the young child and asked, "Little one, what are you doing?"

The child responded without looking up, "I'm trying to save these starfish."

The adult chuckled aloud, and queried, "There are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?"

Holding a starfish in their hand, the child turned to the adult and, gently tossing the starfish into the water, said, "It will make a difference to that one!"


  • I love that and have used in a sermon before now.

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