"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.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
The city of New York is the largest city in the United States. It has a population of 8 million people. The city of New York is itself is so large its divided up into five jurisdictions. Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The City of New York is desperately wicked and in need of JESUS. One man, a pastor in Massachusetts had a burden for the city of New York. Being a pastor himself he could not leave, but he kept that burden till one of the young men in his church was able to answer that call and the pastor sent him out to the large city of New York!!! It may have seemed like an impossible mission...8 MILLION PEOPLE...think about that 8 MILLION... HOW COULD HE MAKE A DIFFERENCE??? How could he make a difference to 8 MILLION PEOPLE????
To most people, it may seem like after all his time there that he didn't really do much to change the people of New York City, HOWEVER, I would like to tell you all today...
IT MADE A DIFFERENCE TO THIS ONE!!!
I was just a little two-year-old baby amongst 8 million people, BUUUUUUT I THANK GOD, that SOMEONE took the time to REACH DOWN, to PICK ME UP and PUT me in the right direction!!! You guys, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERNCE!!! We may not make a difference to EVERYONE...buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut we can make a difference to ONE!!!