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The Starfish Story

Listening to the radio the other day, they told a story that hit home with exactly the purpose and motivation of what I foresee Tranquil Rose becoming. The story (adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley), goes like this: One day a man was walking along the beach, when he noticed a boy hurriedly picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “Young man, what are you doing?” The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” The man laughed to himself and said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make any difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference to that one.”

Wow! Some times a small act of kindness to someone we don't even know can make all the difference! With the donation of our soaps, we hope to do just that. I want my children to experience the joy of giving something to someone else to say "thank you"; I hope the gift will brighten someone's day when they first receive it; more than that I hope every time they use the soap they remember that what they do is appreciated and when they look up the scripture verse on the label, they experience the love and encouragement that only God can give them. There are so many miles and hundreds of people out there, but if Tranquil Rose can make a difference to just one person, than we've exceeded what I ever could have hoped for.

I challenge you to look for an opportunity to make a difference to a total stranger each week this month. Just a sincere "thank you", a helpful hand, or a genuine complement. If I've learned anything recently, it's that you may not know what that person is going through, and you may never know how your action impacted them, but God says in Isaiah 55:11 "so shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: It shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."

I'd love to hear from you! Will you take the challenge? If you did, tell me about how it turned out!

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