One lucky starfish

Two young men strolled down the beach. They happened on hundreds of starfish washed up on the beach at low tide. The younger man picked up one of the starfish and hurled it into the ocean. The older one chuckled, “What are you going to do? Clean up the whole beach? It won’t make any difference.”

“It will to the one I just threw back into the ocean.”

We can’t wipe out poverty in America. But we can fix and take a meal to a needy family.

We can’t stop discrimination and racism, but we can cultivate relationships with those who believe and live differently from us. We can build friendships and intimacy and caring with a few.

We can love one another.  Will that solve the deep-seeded racial problems in our country?  No.  Will it stop abortions? No. Will it transform gay lives into straight lives? No. We can’t. It’s not our job.

God has given us the commission simply to love one another. If we do that, He will take care of everything else.

One starfish at a time.

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

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