So I’m sure you’ve heard of the, “Story of the Starfish.” You know the little boy on the beach covered in starfish throwing them back into the sea one by one. His grandfather asks him, “Why bother you can’t make a real difference.” The boy answers, “It matters to that one.”
Confession time. My husband and I use the phrase, “It matters to that one,” as a sarcastic quip every time we have to do something for someone. We have realized that in a broken world people don’t think they can do “enough,” so they seek out the “professionals,” as the servants. Therefore, we are often asked to step in when others really could (and should.)
Then add to this that our work is with primarily unchurched students who come from shattered cities. Honestly, often I feel like I am sharing the Gospel with a brick wall. They absorb it, and then go back to living their “own” way. Change is so inconceivable, that we wonder, “Does it matter to “that” one? Does any of it matter at all?”
I learned a long while ago the moment we focus on what’s in front of us is the space in which we lose God’s perspective. The black hole of hopelessness can easily suck us in. It’s less about it “mattering” or not “mattering” and more about knowing the Lord is bigger than any of us. He’s working when we can’t see, don’t know, and believe He’s not.
Truthfully, we may never know the impact we have on the lives set before us. Like the grandfather in the story we may never lead because we can lead the masses. We are merely to be good stewards of where Christ has us today. As they say lead from where you are. After watching this video I had to wonder, when we get to heaven how many people will come out of the woodworks telling us we were the one that “gave them a lollipop.”
I think perhaps the point is to walk through each moment interacting with others in such a way that believes this matters. Maybe it’s less about the action that matters and more about time well spent.
You know, “It matter’s to that one.” It really does. God makes that promise.
Thanks for loving students,