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While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance, leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.

He came closer still and called out, "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

The old man smiled, and said, "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?"

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, "It made a difference for that one."

This story (author unknown) never fails to inspire me to sustain my belief that no matter how insignificant an act may seem on the surface, as a Christ-follower, it does make a difference, even for just the one.

Will you make a difference for someone today? No matter how great or small, our actions make a difference to God's kingdom!

"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,

for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." Hebrews 13:16