Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” Esther 4:4 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Make a difference where you are with who you can.”
The story has often been told of the young boy who went for a walk on the beach and discovered that an entire school or starfish had washed up on the beach. There were hundreds of them. The fish were still alive but they were out of their element and were slowly dying. After thoughtfully considering the situation for a moment the boy began picking up the struggling starfish and tossing them back into the ocean one-by-one.
A man observing the scene chuckled and said to the boy, “Son, you’re never going to save all these starfish, there are just too many of them. Most of them will die before you can throw them back in. What you’re doing really won’t make any difference.” The boy considered that for a moment, looked at the starfish he was holding in his hand and said, “Well, it will make a difference to this one” and then he tossed it into the ocean, giving it a chance to live.
Many times when we consider a huge problem (like the toxic nature of our national dialogue), it can seem as if the problem is just too big for us to make any difference as an individual. And you would be right, in a way. No one person is going to change it all by themselves. But as individuals you and I can make a difference in our own conversations, and we can help to change the tone in our home, neighborhood, workplace, school, church, etc. The answer to the larger problem is for millions upon millions of people to make a small difference when and where they can. Millions of small differences will make a huge impact overall. But it has to begin with you and me.
It’s true – you can’t fix the problem by yourself, there are too many stranded starfish washed up on the beach of our cultural landscape. By yourself you can’t make a difference in the hundreds of millions of conversations that will take place in our country today – all the way from the halls of Congress, to the halls of school rooms, and in workplaces, and everywhere else. You can’t make a difference in all of them, but you can make a difference in some of them.
Just as God placed Esther where she was, in that place at that time for that purpose, He has you where He wants you to be, in the place you are at, at this time, for a purpose. Make a difference today where you are for the people you are with.