Tuesday, October 7, 2008

You Can Make a Difference

I remember reading a story about an older man walking down the beach alone early in the morning as the sun was coming up. A younger man was walking some distance behind him and noticed that every few feet he would stop bend over and throw something in the ocean. The young man was curious and so he hurried to catch the older man and when he did he asked him what he was doing?
The man explained that overnight hundreds of starfish and washed up on the beach and he was throwing them back because as they dried out they would die. The young man laughed shook his head and said you are wasting your time. There are hundreds, thousands of them that have washed up what difference can you possibly make? The old man looked at the starfish he was holding in his hand and threw it into the ocean and said, "It made a difference to that one."
Jesus performed many miracles. He healed blind Bartimaeus but there were thousands of people still blind. He fed 5000 with two fish and five loaves but on that same day many people starved to death. He raised Lazarus from the dead but others remained in their tombs. Jesus did not feed. heal, or minister to everyone but He made a difference in the lives of those He could. Why would we think we could do any different. You can not minister to everyone but you can make a difference to someone. Do it today, the opportunity might be gone by tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. By ministering to others, helping where there is a need,whether it be financially, materially or doing a good deed, when done anonamously will give you true happiness and joy. Not to mention being a blessing to someone else or in their life. Try it--you'll like it and you will be working for the LORD.