A Favorite Parable of Mine

By Katherine Ryan on November 7, 2014

Starfish by Katie CowdenPhoto by Katie Cowden

One morning an elderly man was walking on a nearly deserted beach. He came upon a boy surrounded by thousands and thousands of starfish. As eagerly as he could, the youngster was picking them up and throwing them back into the ocean.

Puzzled, the older man looked at the young boy and asked, “Little boy, what are you doing?”

The youth responded without looking up, “I’m trying to save these starfish, sir.”

The old man chuckled aloud, and queried, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”

Holding a starfish in his hand, the boy turned to the man and, gently tossing the starfish into the water, said, “It will make a difference to that one!”


What resonated with you?  Which character are you most like ~ the elderly man, the boy or the starfish?  Which character do you want to be?  Be it!  Be who you are.


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