Friday, March 31, 2017

We help The One

There is a popular story about a young child throwing starfish off of a beach into the water.  The child is enjoying a walk along the beach and notices hundreds of starfish washed up on the beach by the waves of the ocean.  The child begins quickly and eagerly picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean.  He doesn't want the starfish to die.  While he's throwing back the starfish an older man walks up near him on the beach.  He watches what the child is doing.  He looks at the child and asked, "What are you doing ?"  The child says, "I am saving the starfish " the man says, "What possible difference could you make, there's thousands of starfish washed up on this beach? "

The little boy grabs another starfish and throws it into the ocean then looks at the man and says, "It made a difference to that one. "

As law enforcement officers we are blessed with daily opportunities to make a difference for "the one".  We encounter many starfishes in the form of the citizens we serve. Let's always have that child's heart and focus wholeheartedly on making a difference to the one(s) placed in our lives.

Shine Your Light.

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