I joined up for my first ever blog tour with Worthy Publishing. As I scrolled through the many new book offerings, Divine Collision immediately caught my attention. The book tells of a story of two unlikely friends, an American law professor and teenage Ugandan boy, Henry, who is imprisoned. Jim Gash works tirelessly and feverishly attempting to free children, forgotten in prisons. Many prisoned for crimes they didn’t commit.
In the book, Jim’s friend tells of young boy throwing starfish one by one to save them. The boy comes across a cynical older man chastising him for his lofty endeavors. “There are star fish stranded on the beach in both directions as far as the eye can see. How can you possibly make a difference,” the man says to the boy.
The boy responds with deviance by throwing another starfish back into its home saying, “I made a difference for that one, didn’t I?”
Boom, so simple yet so profound…as children are known to do.
In our grown up world filled with projections, spreadsheets, and slideshows we possess an overwhelming amount of knowledge about problems. Leading well intended, caring people to stop dead in the tracks overwhelmed at the plethora of presenting needs.
I wonder what our lives would be like, and more importantly the lives around us, if we would simply start throwing in one “starfish” at a time. I wonder, if we move past the research and statistics to action, what our world would be like. I wonder, what if, everyday we set out to give a little of our time, a little of our talent, a little of our treasure…how our friends, neighbors, schools, communities, and world would change.
The world around us is hurting and in deep need, I think we all know that. I know, I become paralyzed by the overwhelming need. A recent event highlighted this realization. The day after Christmas, a deadly tornado ravaged a nearby community. Thousands were affected by this deadly storm. I saw countless crowd funding opportunities on social media. Paralyzed with options, I froze and uncomfortably scrolled to the next story. I didn’t know which one to pick, so ashamedly, I didn’t give anywhere.
The starfish story told in the Divine Collision (only one snapshot of an amazing story of love, dedication, and perseverance) challenged and awoke my thinking. I can’t help everyone, I can’t do everything. But, I can do something, I can help someone. So can you.
What would the landscape of our society look like if we all began throwing one “starfish” at a time?
Blessings to you,
*I was not paid for this post, but I was given a copy of the book. To purchase your own copy, click on the following link.