Today’s Scripture: Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35

Can one person make a difference? I remember reading a story of a man who was walking down a deserted, Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he spotted a stranger leaning down, picking something up, and throwing it out into the water.

As this man approached the stranger, he noticed he had been picking up starfish which had washed up on the beach, and he was throwing them back into the water. The curious man approached the stranger and said, “Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you are doing.”

“I’m throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it’s low tide right now, and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they’ll die up here from lack of oxygen.”

“I understand, but . . . you can’t possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don’t you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast? Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”

The stranger smiled, bent down, and picked up yet another starfish; as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, “Made a difference to that one!”

Even though his efforts seemed insignificant, the stranger was truly making a difference. He could never rescue all the starfish, but each starfish he threw back would live another day.  We can make a difference in the eternal destiny of the people around us by simply sharing the message of God’s love. We may not be able to reach every person on this earth, but God wants us to do all we can to make a difference in the lives of those we come in contact with, so they can live for all eternity.

You may feel small and insignificant in a world of seven billion people, but God wants to use you to make a difference in someone’s life today. Share your faith with at least one person. Someday you will see that it was worth it all.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder