Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
Choices Pregnancy Resource Center is making a difference in the lives of families in crisis here in the River Valley. For over 25 years they have been about the work of saving lives — making a difference one life at a time.
On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 the Choices Pregnancy Resource Center will hold their annual Fundraising Gala at First Baptist Church in Russellville, Arkansas. We want to encourage you to attend and to give generously to this important ministry in our community. To register go to the Choices website. We will see you there!