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The Legend of the Starfish

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A vacationing businessman was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy. Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. The boy was walked slowly along the shore and occasionally reached down and tossed the beached starfish back into the ocean.

The businessman, hoping to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense, walked up to the boy and said, “I have been watching what you are doing, son. You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but do you realize how many beaches there are around here and how many starfish are dying on every beach every day. Surely such an industrious and kind hearted boy such as yourself could find something better to do with your time. Do you really think that what you are doing is going to make a difference?”

The boy looked up at the man, and then he looked down at a starfish by his feet. He picked up the starfish, and as he gently tossed it back into the ocean, he said, “It makes a difference to that one.”

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5 comments to The Legend of the Starfish

  • honart

    LOVE IT!

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  • Yes, the boy is right, even though, there are millions of starfish that are dying everyday, having less than 10 or even 1 makes a difference.
    It does not mean that we as more mature ones knows all the things.

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  • Pastor J. L. Knight

    Jesus made the difference with each “one” of us. John 3:16.
    What a difference He made in my life and countless others. There is a song entitled: “Each One Reach One” What a Message — Each of us reach one person at a time —
    Blessings in Christ Jesus.
    I Like This Story!!!

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  • Connie Starck

    God has blessed me numerous times and He will bless you. Just believe that Jesus Christ is your savior, that he died on the cross to forgive all our sins and He will bless you too! God said it and I believe it!

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  • Charlene Rowser

    If we all just helped to save one, what a world this would be.

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