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Make a difference…

August 26, 2011

In life we can be faced with situations that seem just too big for us…  The scale of the need can overwhelm us into inactivity…

AAC Feeding Programme

While in Albania seeing the feeding programmes of Adopt A Child I was reminded of the following allegory…

“One day an old man was walking along the beach. It was low tide, and the sand was littered with thousands of stranded starfish that the water had carried in and then left behind.

The man began walking very carefully so as not to step on any of the beautiful creatures. Since the animals still seemed to be alive, he considered picking some of them up and putting them back in the water, where they could resume their lives.

The man knew the starfish would die if left on the beach’s dry sand but he reasoned that he could not possibly help them all, so he chose to do nothing and continued walking.

Soon afterward, the man came upon a small child on the beach who was frantically throwing one starfish after another back into the sea. The old man stopped and asked the child, “What are you doing?”

“I’m saving the starfish,” the child replied.

“Why waste your time?… There are so many you can’t save them all so why does it matter?”, asked the man.

Without hesitation, the child picked up another starfish and tossed the starfish back into the water… “It matters to this one,” the child said.”

If we can serve and support one child in need, feeding them, providing medical care, clothing, showing Gods love and hospitality in a practical way… then…

34 “… the King will say …, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Matthew 25:34-40

When you see huge need don’t be overwhelmed into failing to respond… reach out touch one life… Make a difference.

Rodokal AAC Programme

 

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