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The Words of Rachel Joy Scott

by Jeff Veley | Love Changes It All

As we reflect on the devistation caused by the recent school shootings across America, there is no doubt that change needs to happen.  While it’s easy to point out what others might do to help solve the problem, we must also ask the question what you can do to be part of the solution.  It’s true that you may not be able to stop violence from happening (you cannot control another person’s actions) but it’s also true that you can control your reaction.  How we respond to acts of violence is important.  Tragedy offers opportunity to make a difference and create positive change.  If we all do everything in our power to improve the world around us, we can truly make a difference.

Rachel Joy Scott, the first student targeted and gunned down in the school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, shared the idea that we are all part of making the world a better place.  She wrote in her journal “I’ve always been drawn to hands.  I think it’s because it’s the way we touch people.  Compassion is the greatest form of love that humans have to offer.  I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, it can start a chain reaction.”  

You can learrn more about Rachel’s story of compassion, in the movie “I’m Not Ashamed”.  Her committment to being compassionate, even to the people that most people chose to ignore will inspire you to do the same.  Let’s all start our own chain reaction and see the difference that a little love can make.  Love Changes It All!

Rachel Joy Scott