God, Make me Different -
So I can be a Difference-Maker
Jim Henshall

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The Starfish
Paraphrased From: The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley
Submitted by: Cristy Smith

Once upon a time there was a wise man that used to go
to the ocean to do his writing.

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One day he was walking along the shore.  As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.  He smiled to himself to think of someone
who would dance to the day.  So he began to walk faster to catch up.

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As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

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As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?"

The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish in the ocean."

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"I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"

"The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die."

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"But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach
and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!"

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The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said,
"It made a difference for that one."

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There is something very special in each and every one of us and
we must each find our own starfish.

We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference and if we throw our stars wisely and well -- the world will be blessed!

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Please pass this story along to family and friends that
make a difference in your life!

"Whoever saves a single life is as if one saves the entire world." --TALMUD

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