A Single Starfish

May 21, 2020

Read

Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

1 Corinthians 12:5-6, “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”

Think

One morning after a heavy storm, the beach was littered with thousands of starfish as far as the eye could see. A man walking by saw a boy picking up the stranded creatures one by one and tossing them back into the water. Curious, the man asked, “How can you possibly make a difference? There are miles and miles of shoreline!” The boy replied, “It makes a difference for that one!”

Sometimes we feel insignificant, like nothing we do really matters in the grand scheme of things. We might get discouraged or feel intimidated when we see others do “big” things like leading multiple people to Christ in a single day or making a “major impact” in their communities. But as much as they deserve commendation, we shouldn’t discount the effects of “smaller” acts of service! As “God’s handiwork, created in Christ to do good works,” we ALL can make a difference. Smiles break barriers, and everyday acts of kindness soften hearts. An encouraging text or a sincere compliment can change the trajectory of someone’s day.

God is about winning souls one life at a time. Jesus spoke of leaving 99 sheep to find the one that was lost. A friendly gesture one day can turn into a conversation the next, and over time develop into a relationship that opens the door to share what Jesus has done in your life.

Remember, even if what you’re doing just seems like rescuing a single starfish, while others are saving whales, you’re still making a difference. Believe it, it’s true!

Act

Right now, declare aloud: “I am a DIFFERENCE-MAKER!” With that in mind, seek out opportunities today to serve or show kindness to someone.

Pray

Heavenly Father, Thank You for creating me to do good works in Christ. Remind me that I’m a difference-maker when I begin to doubt that what I do matters. Give me opportunities today to express Your lovingkindness through my words and actions. In Jesus’ name, Amen.