“Once, on ancient Earth, there was a human boy walking along a beach. There had just been a storm, and starfish had been scattered along the sands. The boy knew the fish would die, so he began to fling the fish to the sea. But every time he threw a starfish, another would wash ashore. "An old Earth man happened along and saw what the child was doing. He called out, 'Boy, what are you doing?' " 'Saving the starfish!' replied the boy. " 'But your attempts are useless, child! Every time you save one, another one returns, often the same one! You can't save them all, so why bother trying? Why does it matter, anyway?' called the old man. "The boy thought about this for a while, a starfish in his hand; he answered, "Well, it matters to this one." And then he flung the starfish into the welcoming sea.”
― Loren Eiseley, The Star Thrower
We live at a unique point in history. We have the internet at our fingertips giving us a front-row seat to all the unique ways people are making a difference. It’s amazing! But it can also be overwhelming. There are so many great organizations out there, and if you’re like the little boy in the story, just itching to make a difference, you may be wondering, “Which one should I support?”
I’ve been there so many times! I’ve often thought, “If I just had more money, I would give to everyone!” Unlike the boy in the story though, I’d decide that since I couldn’t give to everyone, I’d give to no one. Thankfully, gradually, God brought me to realize that I didn’t actually need to help everyone. I didn’t have to do everything. I could simply do something.
Maybe you find yourself in a similar situation. You want to make a difference, but you’re unsure where to start. Can I offer you two recommendations?
- PRAY. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God has good things for you to do. Ask Him to show you what those things are, and ask Him to put you in situations where you can fulfill them.
- DO SOMETHING. Start by purchasing Kaloway Coffee, and help us fight exploitation. If coffee isn’t your thing, research something that is, and get involved. Doing good doesn’t have to be some huge newsworthy thing, but like the late Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Don’t do nothing. Do something.
Too many of us have an all-or-nothing mindset like the old man in the story. We think, “If I can’t save everyone, why bother trying?” Well, I say, even if we all just do a little, it’ll add up to a lot. For those of you that have already joined the Kaloway family we just want to say, “Thank you!” And if you haven’t yet, consider making a purchase today. Because with each bag of coffee we’re taking a broken world and making it better.