We are called by Christ to change the world but not the whole thing all at once. Rather, we are called to change the world of one person, one at time. Yes there is an election coming in the United States but there is no ballot anywhere with just the names of those running for president. There are representatives, senators, state offices, city and municipal leaders, resolutions and initiatives and many of these may be decided by just one vote—maybe yours. My sister had to Google a bunch of names and issues to find out what was going on and I suspect that’s not a bad idea for a lot of you. You also need to remember that you are important and that your vote is important. In a democracy, things can be decided by just one vote. It is very important that you do your part. Perhaps you need to remember this story, originally written by Loren Eiseley and rewritten by countless others taking credit for it, but the message always remains the same—and it’s a good one.
“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?" The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man. To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one.”
Make a difference—it’s what you were called to do.