The Starfish

There's a story about a little boy at the seashore. As he walked along the sand, he noticed hundreds of starfish that had been washed high up onto the beach the night before by a fierce storm. He knew they would never make it back to the water on their own, so he started picking them up one by one and carrying them back to the water so they would live. His older brother came along and said, "That's stupid. Why are you even bothering to do that? There are so many of them, it's not going to make any difference." The little boy looked down at the starfish in his hand, dropped it into the water, and said, "Well, it makes a difference to that one."

Matthew 25:37-40 (The Message)
Then those "sheep" are going to say, "Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?" Then the King will say, "I'm telling the solemn truth: whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me you did it to me."

August H. Strong reflected on our ability to often miss God’s unexpected deeds. The day before he died, Strong wrote the following, “When you come to the end of your life, will you say that you have never seen God? The answer must be that you have never seen anything else.”

We invite you to slow down this busy season to go find God. Look in the crowded stores, at school, in conversations with strangers, during volunteer opportunities, in your families faces; in your everyday life. How awesome and different the world would be if everyone trained themselves to look for and serve God in everthing they did?


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