it was several years ago when I first read about the Columbine High School Massacre. it took place on April 20, 1999 in Columbine, in the State of Colorado in United States. 2 senior students, Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold, shot & killed 12 students & a teacher & then took their own lives. it was a heart breaking tragedy that shocked the entire nation. & as I explored further into what happened I came across an article on Rachel Joy Scott, one of the murdered victims in the shooting. she was the first one to get shot by the shooters Eric & Dylan. what I learned about Rachel & her last moments, impacted me greatly that day. it forced me to ask myself, “Would I have said Yes?”. it brought tears to my eyes & stirred my heart deeply. her life & death added to my resolve to stay committed to JESUS & to live passionately for GOD.
Rachel Joy Scott was a committed Christian. she was 17 at the time of her death. she was open about her faith in CHRIST & unashamedly witnessed in her school campus about JESUS. her family said that she was not a super spiritual person. she had her struggles. she was like any other teenager but loved GOD greatly. her diary revealed many things about her commitment to JESUS & her love for Him. below are few of the excerpts & quotes from Rachels diary that her family shared with the public.
on April 20, 1998, Rachel wrote in her diary
, “I lost all my friends at school, now that I’ve begun to ‘walk my talk’, they make fun of me. I don’t even know what I have done. I don’t really have to say anything & they turn from me.”
she continues, “I have no more personal friends at school, But you know what? I am not going to apologize for speaking the name of JESUS. I am not going to justify my faith to them, & I am not going to hide the light that GOD has put into me. If I have to sacrifice everything I will. I will take it. If my friends have to become my enemies for me to be with my best friend JESUS, then that’s fine with me. I always knew being a Christian is having enemies, but I never thought that my ‘friends’ were going to be those enemies.
she states also, “If I have to give up everything, I will”.
somehow Rachel had a feeling that she was going to die young. she had told her friends that she would never have a chance to marry & will not live beyond 20. less than a year before the shooting, Rachel had written in her diary, “This is my last year, LORD. I have gotten what I can. Thank you.“
Rachel wrote addressing to GOD, “I want you to use me to reach the unreached.” the diary was in her backpack the day she was shot.
“GOD is going to use me to reach the young people, I don’t know how, I don’t know when.”
“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.“
RACHEL’S LAST MOMENTS
3 weeks before the shooting she had witnessed to the shooters Eric & Dylan. Eric & Dylan were the odd pair out & students mostly stayed away from them. but Rachel tried to talk to them & encouraged them to leave their hateful feelings & turn to JESUS. but they hated her the more & even made homemade videotapes mocking her christian faith.
on the day of the shooting, Rachel was outside the school building having her lunch. Eric & Dylan entered the school campus & first shot Rachel. they shot her in the leg twice & shot her again in the back. they left but returned seconds later. on noticing that she was still alive, Eric walked over to Rachel & grabbed her by the hair, lifted up her head & asked her “Do you still believe in your GOD?” her response was unflinching & unwavering,
”You Know I Do”, & that provocated Eric & he responded “Then go be with Him,” & shot her in the head.
2 hours before the shooting, Rachel’s final drawing was a picture of her eyes shedding 13 tears (13 people were shot that day) that touch a rose & turn to blood drops. the rose is growing out of a Columbine plant & 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”. that drawing inspired her parents to write a book called “Rachel’s Tears”.