The Lad Said, “I Made a Difference For That One.”



In some parts of the world, when the tide comes in from the ocean, it brings with it thousands of starfish. Then the tide recedes and leaves thousands of them behind on the shore. Many of these starfish cannot make it back to the safety of the water before the sun comes up and dries them out.

A man was walking along the shore one day and witnessed this sight. He stared at all the starfish, saddened that so many would die.

Then he saw a young boy walking in the other direction. The lad would stop and pick up a starfish and throw it into the ocean. He continued to do this, picking up one after another and throwing them back into the water.

“Why are you doing that?” the man asked. “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of shore? You’re wasting your time. You’ll never make a difference.”

The boy simply picked up another starfish and hurled it back into the ocean. As it landed, he said, “I made a difference for that one.”

(Excerpt from No Longer A Slumdog by K.P. Yohannan, © 2011 by K. P. Yohannan, pp. 117-118, get your free copy here.)

“As we celebrate Mother’s Day and thank God for the influence of our mothers and wives, please remember the millions of children and mothers who have never heard of Jesus, [the One] who will provide for them.” – K.P. Yohannan

If you can, consider honoring your Mom by sponsoring a child in Gospel For Asia’s Bridge of Hope program.


Filed under Christianity, Church, Gospel For Asia, India, Kingdom of God, Poverty, Prayer

2 responses to “The Lad Said, “I Made a Difference For That One.”

  1. Mr. Larry, I really liked that starfish story and what a great idea for Mother”s day. Thank you and God bless you!

  2. Debbie,

    Thanks. God bless you.

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