This is a published article written by my Uncle G. Taylor who has the biggest heart and a passion for helping others. I had to share his heartfelt commitment for those in need.
I like to think of the story about the guy who was walking along the seashore where thousands of starfish had been washed ashore by the high tide. He came upon a young boy eagerly throwing the starfish back into the water, one by one, he was puzzled; “There are thousands and thousands of starfish and only one of you–what possible difference can you make?
The boy picked up a starfish, gave it a gentle toss back into the water and explained, “I made a difference to that one!”
That’s how I feel about my community. What little bit I can do to help someone, perhaps someone I don’t even know, I am willing to do. A few years back, I joined a prison ministry and one day I got my chance to speak behind bars to around 500 inmates. I felt that I did a pretty good job when I finished, but didn’t know for sure.
About six months passed and one day I was walking down the street when someone called out to me. He was on the street handing out religious pamphlets. I told him that I didn’t think that I knew him.
He said, “I was one of the guys you spoke to in prison in the big gym.” He told me that because of my words that day, he was now on the street spreading God’s word. I broke down and cried knowing that I made a difference at least to one person.
My wish is that every one of us gets involved in our community. Find something today that you can do to help someone. The task you take on may seem small but if we each put forth an effort, I know we can make a big difference to our community.
Thank you Uncle for reminding us of our duty to God and others.
If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Deuteronomy 15:7
Do your part for one person at a time.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019
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