Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why bother?

There are so many orphans in the world.  There are so many children with special needs who have been abandoned.  There is no way I can make a dent in that number.  So why bother?  There will still be thousands upon thousands who will be doomed to life in an institution.  Why should I get emotionally involved in helping one?

Consider this story that I am sure you have heard before:

The Story of the Starfish....

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

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

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."
adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Make a difference in just one life and see the ripple effects.

If everyone donated just $10 to Danila, we could make a difference for that one.  What is $10 to you?  A few lattes?  A couple of kid's meals at the local fast-food restaurant? 

She's one who needs us.

I'm sure most of you have seen this as well.  Watch it, and think about sweet Danila and all the other precious children at
Reece's Rainbow. 

Help rescue one.

One more.

It matters.

Just one....

Don't wait until it's too late to say, "I could have saved one more..."

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