The Starfish Story (cont.)

A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands
of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and
stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the
ocean. “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks. “Because the sun is up
and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.” “But,
old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it!
You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact,
even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.” The old man
listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into
the sea. “It made a difference to that one” (copied).

Again, “How can we minister to the whole world? The answer, “One soul at a time.”
We may not be able to change the entire world, but we can make a difference to a small
part of it.

Not all will respond in a positive, soul saving, way. This is made evident within the
context of Ezekiel chapter three. But there are two lessons to be learned from the
Ezekiel text, 1) We will have fulfilled our obligation, 2) We will have made a
difference to some, if not all. You, and I, can make a difference. Will we make a
difference? “Yet if thou warrn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor
from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul”
(Ezekiel 3:19).

Hymn: You Never Mentioned Him To Me

Prayer: Our heavenly Father we thank You for the loving concern that You have for Your
creation. We thank You for the physical blessings that You constantly bestow upon us.
Likewise we are thankful for the spiritual blessings, especially the hope of an eternal
home in heaven. I pray that we, too, would have a serious concern for both the physical
and the spiritual well being of our fellow man so that we will make a difference in their

Roy Allen Crutcher, Mount Carmel, IL
At least we can change