I came across the story and love how it applies to Hollywood Impact Studios… You may have read this in the past, but it’s worth re-visiting. It relates to all of us…
The Starfish Story
(Original Story by: Loren Eisley)
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, What are you doing?
The youth replied, Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I dont throw them back, theyll die.
Son, the man said, dont you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You cant make a difference!
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said
I made a difference for that one.
“This story reminds us that each of us has been gifted with the ability to make a difference in the world. When we can become aware of that gift, we gain strength through our visions and develop the power to shape the future. We must each find our starfish. And if we throw our stars wisely and well, the world will be blessed.
It is my desire to use the gifts, talents, and opportunities that the Lord has given me to “make a difference for that one” – whoever it may be. It is not for me to decide who, but to simply obey the direction of my Lord Jesus Christ.
It has taken me many years to realize that God really does use broken vessels like myself. I did not have the courage or faith to believe that God truly had a plan for me that involved serving others. I have always claimed Jeremiah 29:11 as my “favorite scripture”, but it is only now being fully realized and understood in my spirit.
But God REALLY does have a plan for me (and you) that gives me hope and a future, a plan for good – a plan to make a difference for others. A mission to reach out to others, as the boy along the beach, and gently help them back into the ocean of God’s love, mercy and grace.” – by: Loren Eisley