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.