Have you ever thought about making a difference? I do all the time and wonder if I can even make a small dent. Yesterday, God gave me a straightforward answer. In its parable form, I share it with you now. Once upon a time, there was a woman, who I shall merely call “Hope,” who loved to go to the ocean to think about her current writing project. Hope also loved to walk along the sandy, pooled shore before she began her day’s work. One day, as she was walking along this familiar shore, she looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a fine tuned, young athlete. She smiled to herself at the thought of someone who would dance in the early clouds of this day and she walked faster to catch up with them. As she got closer, she noticed that the figure was that of a teen girl and that what she was doing was not dancing at all. The young woman was reaching down into the sand, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. With each hurl she smiled brightly. The woman writer came closer still and called out to the youth. “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing? You look so free and happy.” The girl paused, looked up, and replied, “Throwing a Sand Dollar back into the deeper waters of the ocean!” “The ocean sands seem to have so many this time of year,” the woman said in reply. “Do you think you will make any difference?” To this, the girl 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 woman writer commented, “But, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are Sand Dollars all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!” At this, the girl, who I will simply call “Faith,” bent down, picked up yet another Sand Dollar and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, she said, “It made a difference for that one.” With that sound wisdom, may all of us continue to try to make a difference.