Lately I've been thinking about this one "wild and precious life" I've been given...
...and about what I'm doing with it.
Daddy and I have been involved in building a church in our little town for almost 13 years now. Daddy pastors, and I play piano and try to keep track of all of your siblings...
And although we don't have an enormous congregation...they are homegrown. We didn't lure sheep from other churches...we found sinners (just like us) and introduced them to Jesus.
And sometimes it feels like we're swimming upstream. Sometimes it feels like we win one person to Jesus for every hundred who walk away. But if one person makes Heaven their home some day because we showed them the love and mercy of God...
...then it's worth it.
So I'm thinking tonight of those beautiful babies, hidden away in orphanages far from here.
And wondering, hoping, praying, believing that I can make a difference in their lives.
And if just one child is rescued from a life otherwise destined to abandonment, because of the words someone reads here...
...then it's worth it.
adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)
**Thank you, Lisa, for introducing me to The Starfish Story on your blog:) **
Once upon a time there was a wise man
who used to go to the ocean
to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking
on the beach
before he began his work.
One day he was walking along
As he looked down the beach,
he saw a human
figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think
of someone who would
dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster
to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw
that it was a young man
and the young man wasn't dancing,
but instead he was reaching
down to the shore,
picking up something
and very gently throwing it
into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
"Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused,
looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked,
why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.
And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that
there are miles and miles of beach
and starfish all along it.
You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely.
Then bent down, picked up another starfish
and threw it into the sea,
past the breaking waves and said-
"It made a difference for that one."
Praying to make a difference...
Part Two of my interview with Lisa Peele coming next...and if you missed it, please read Part One below.