It Made a Difference to That One.

There are an estimated 147 million orphans worldwide. 147 million.
We've talked about this subject before, about helping just one.  Caitlin had a post on ways to start. Just one way. Talia posted about the difference that one shoebox made. 

Just one.

But why? Why help just one? After all, isn't it just ONE out of 147 MILLION?
There's a story that has really helped me to understand this, and it goes like this:

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

No matter what you do -- sponsor a child, adopt, give money towards an adoption -- it will make a difference to that one child.

What if you were that child?  We may casually think we can't make a difference by just helping one, but what if you were that child?
 You would never be adopted. You would live in an orphanage that could possibly never replace the comfort of a home. You might not have enough food to eat.  You might grow up without ever feeling love.
 And if one person had reached out, your life could have completely changed.
 So even if you can't adopt, if you decide to give to an organization or an adoptive family, etc.; just remember.  

It made a difference to that one. 

Brooke  – (June 14, 2012 at 6:18 PM)  

That story was beautiful. Wow. I have to show that to my mom. Thanks for posting this.

Emma  – (June 14, 2012 at 7:09 PM)  

I love that story. =) I've often thought about that, how can one person make a difference? Well, if one person can make a difference for one other person, then they have made a difference. :) I LOVE this blog! <3

Hosanna  – (June 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM)  

This is a great story! The man its about/who asks "why" lives in the same town i do :) Thanks for sharing!

In Christ

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