A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks.
“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.”
“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”
The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.” -Author Unknown
This story is a reminder of even though the need is great to help others and at times can be overwhelming. The difference we make in just helping even just one person, is 100 times more powerful than if we never helped anyone at all.
There is something powerful when one gives and serves without expecting anything in return. The reward of the blessing we receive is greater than what we actually give.
After meeting the people in Honduras, one realizes what we take for granted, such as medical care. If a person doesn't have money, they don't receive care. It doesn't matter if they have a broken bone and can't walk, if they can't pay, they don't receive treatment. It's like they were the starfish out of water waiting for someone to throw them back in the ocean, to give them a second chance of life.
Nothing was better than to see the patients smile after surgery, knowing they had a chance to live a life that was taken away from them by and accident or injury. Their only solution before was to do the best they could with what they had--which wasn't much. Their self treatments usually led to a dysfunctional limb, infection or even death. Knowing we were apart of giving them a chance and hope they needed made not only a difference in their lives, but our lives as well. It makes what we do have a greater meaning and purpose.
We don't have to go to Honduras, be a doctor or a nurse to make a difference in someone's life. There is opportunity all around us no matter who we are.
Here is a little video of the Medical Brigade and the NPH (Nuestros Pequaños Hermanos) Children's Home where we visited.
Ways to Make a Difference:
1. Sponsor a Child
2. Be a part of a Brigade (both medical and non-medical opportunities)
Empowering others to be the difference.
I would love to hear from you! How do you like to make a difference? Why do you do what you do? Have a wonderful and blessed week! Leave your comments below.