You may or may not have heard this story before but, this really helps me to remember why I am doing what I am. Foster care is not for the faint of heart. You will be challenged, tried, triggered but most of all you will be loved, blessed and strengthened.
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing.He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
So, what can you do to extend yourself? If you have ever considered foster care, take the first step. Contact the Utah Foster Care Foundation. You will never know how you can help a person until you try. There are so many children who need parents to provide a home for them. They need us to do hard things so they can