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Aug 18, 2012

Focus reading: Ephesians 5:15-20 Subscribe on iTunes

Rachel Joy Scott was a beautiful 17 year old girl who wanted to make an impact on the world through kindness and compassion. Her life ended on April 20, 1999 when she was shot and killed at Columbine High School, but her legacy has now reached around the world. Her story has impacted millions of people through a series of books, television documentaries, and live events where people heard her family speak about her.

Rachel left behind 6 diaries that were full of amazing predictions through poetry, pictures, and statements. She wrote that she would die at a young age.

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This will be my Last year Lord. I have gotten what I can. Thank you.

But she also wrote about impacting the world. She shared with her friends that she would have an impact on the world, but that she would not live to be 20 years old! At age 13 she wrote on the back of an old dresser: "These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott, and will someday touch millions of people's hearts".

Her final drawing was a picture of her eyes shedding 13 tears that touch a rose and turn to blood drops. The rose is growing out of a Columbine plant and is connected to a verse from the Bible that says, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man would lay his life down for his friends".

Within 2 hours of Rachel drawing that picture 13 people had been killed at Columbine: A teacher and 12 students. That week was Easter, or Passover Week, and just 2,000 years earlier another teacher and 12 students had impacted the world.

In Ephesians 5:16 Paul tells us that we should make the most of the times. That’s what Rachel did with her life. She made the most of the times. What will you do with yours?

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