Your One Starfish Matters

No, we don’t accept every philosophy or belief system, nor should we aid those promoting injustice, deceptions, or falsehoods. (2 John 1:10,11) But we ARE to accept everyone as a person. Here’s Scripture to support that: “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to [……….. –to WHAT?–] bring praise to God.” (Rom. 15:7) May we all remember that that is the point of our existence. To bring Him praise. And to love Him and others –the two commandments on which all the others rest.

So: “There is no mere mortal.” I believe C.S. Lewis coined that statement. In other words, every human is important because they are made in the image of God. Yes, because “He died for all” (2 Cor. 5:14,15) and “gave Himself as a ransom for all men [mankind]…” (1 Tim. 2:6) and was “the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)

Every person ever created is precious. Jesus underwent a cruel death for a reason… to deliver His created souls from the bondage they’d incurred upon themselves. Why? –Because He truly, deeply, more than we can fathom… loves people.

And He commands that we love also. So how do we love? How should this love look? Well, 1 John 3:18 says, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” Actions… Truth… And as we sit at the feet of Jesus, with His Word in hand, we will learn what that all entails…

There’s a thought-provoking story that touches on the actions of true love that has been around for at least 20-30 years and many of you have heard it, I’m sure. However, I have no idea who first wrote it and there are many versions to it. So here’s my made-up version:

The tired, bitter man trudged slowly to the crest of the sand dune, then gazed across the shimmering salt-water. At the shoreline a movement caught his eye. “What in blazes…?!” Yep, it was a small boy, running back and forth, bending down… “What’s he doing?” the grump muttered. “I better go see.”

As the man hobbled down toward the water, he noticed the beach was coated with starfish, some alive, many dead, some still dying… “Boy!” he snapped as he neared. “You are wasting your energy! There are thousands of starfish on this beach. What you are doing is not going to make a dent. What you are doing does not matter!”

The little boy squinted up at the man with an astonished, quizzical look –as if he had never considered such a thought. “But sir,” he said as he held one of the creatures in his hand. “It matters to THIS one.”

The man’s brows narrowed, but he had nothing to say. The boy then hurried to the water’s edge and gently let the starfish slip in.

“Ridiculous waste of time,” the man finally grumbled as he started away. Then he happened to look down. He saw a starfish on its back, its arms waving frantically –at him, it seemed. “Oh, bother,” he said as he painfully leaned down to pick it up. He shuffled over to the water and set it free. He didn’t want to look back at the boy, but he could tell the youngster was watching him, so he glanced his way. The boy broke out into a huge grin.

“Oh, bother,” muttered the man again. But he held up his hand toward the boy as if to say, “Okay, I get it.” Then he turned and left.


Remember, “There is no mere mortal.”

Even if we can’t even make a dent, it matters to the one YOU are helping, the one YOU are called to love…

Can we love just ONE starfish back to life…? Let’s try.



~ by smilesback on October 27, 2009.

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