Starfish Prison Ministries

Beginning Anew…

Wow! The start of a New Year!
We have the opportunity, every hour,
every day to begin anew. It is so wonderful that we can begin again and
though we cannot change what we have already done or said,
we can choose to change what we say or do next.
God gives us the opportunity to start fresh, and
to Begin Anew. He wants us to learn
from past mistakes and to adjust our thinking and actions
in an appropriate manner…showing we now know what we should do.

In Philippians 3:13-14 tells us…the first step in this renewal…
Brethren, I count not myself apprehended: but
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which
are behind and reaching forth unto those
things which are before.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We need to learn what we can from our past,
take those lessons and apply them to our future. Press
on to become all that God would have you to become.
Take the good from our mistakes, and there is always
something good…even if it is the lesson that will change our future.

God can use all things for good, He can turn a terrible situation to a
wonderful one. We just need to allow Him to work in our lives.
Start this New Year with an attitude of change, know that with His help
you (and I) can do all things.
Philippians 4:13 and Luke 1:37
are just two examples of verses…just for that purpose.

Take time to step out of your
comfort zone, COME OUT of from your warm homes…
and SING praises to our Lord as you reach out
to those who others have rejected…
and CHANGE lives FOREVER!!!!

the Staff and Friends of Starfish Prison Ministries
Matthew 25:40 (35-36 for context)
For I was hungered, and ye gave me meat;
I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink;
I was a stranger, and ye took me in.
Naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me;
I was in prison, and ye came unto me. […]
And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these,
my brethren, ye have done it unto Me.

Starfish Story
There was an old man walking down a deserted beach, just before dawn.
In the distance he saw a young boy.
As he approached the boy, he saw him picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea.
The old man gazed in wonder as the young boy again and again
threw the small starfish from the sand to the water.

He asked, “Boy, why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?”
The boy explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.

“But there must be thousands of beaches, and millions of starfish!” explained the old man,
“How can you make a difference?”

The boy looked at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it back into the safety of the sea, he said,
“It makes a difference to this one!”

It makes a difference to this one!
Such a simple phrase, yet so very powerful…
Would you like to know how you can make a difference is someone’s life.
Please visit our Ministry Mission page to see how easily it can be.
Thank you for visiting!

The Goldfish Bowl

Come with me to a third grade classroom…

There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a
sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his
pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he
cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It’s never
happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he
will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they’ll
never speak to him again as long as he lives. The boy believes
his heart is going to stop, he puts his head down and prays —
“Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes
from now I’m dead meat.”

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a
look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is
carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips
in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water
in the boy’s lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to
himself, “Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule,
the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him
downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants
dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees
cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as
life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has
been transferred to someone else – Susie.

She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. “You’ve done
enough, you klutz!” Finally, at the end of the day, as they are
waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers,
“You did that on purpose, didn’t you?”

Susie whispers back, “I wet my pants once too.”

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us
to do good.

~Author Unknown~

Keep looking for the opportunities
God gives you each day.
Remember that every day is a new morning,
a new opportunity to do something special
for someone that God brings across your path.
After all…..>
You can make a difference to someone!