WHERE WE ARE
It’s another month in 2021. Happy new month! You would agree with me that all the discussions on the blog this month have left us questions to answer.
In our last post, our guest shared his own DECISION TO LIVE FOR GOD.
I stumbled on a movie titled I’M NOT ASHAMED. It was a true story of a young lady whose life had touched many while she was on Earth.
Although she had died at a young age, she had succeeded in leading men to Christ and defending her faith. Her name is Rachael Joy Scott.
THE LIFE OF RACHAEL JOY
Rachel Joy Scott was born on August 5, 1981, in Denver, Colorado. She was the third of five children born to Darrell Scott and Beth Nimmo. Scott’s entire family were devout Christians. Her father was a pastor at a church in Lakewood, Colorado, and worked as a sales manager for a Denver-based food company; her mother was a homemaker.
As a child, Scott was an energetic, sociable girl, who displayed concern for the well-being of others, particularly if they were downcast or otherwise in need. She also developed a passion for photography and poetry at an early age.
When Scott was 11 in March 1993, she visited the church that her aunt and uncle attended in Shreveport, Louisiana, and chose to commit herself to Christianity. By April 1998, when she was at Columbine High School, five of her closest friends had distanced themselves from her because of her increasing commitment to Turn-Around.
Furthermore, because of her faith, she was occasionally subjected to mockery by several of her peers.
Rachel documented this in a letter to a relative a year to the day before her death. The letter included the words:
Now that I have begun to walk my talk, they make fun of me. I don’t even know what I have done. I don’t even have to say anything, and they turn me away. I have no more personal friends at school. But you know what, it’s all worth it.
On many occasions throughout Scott’s adolescence, her family observed her in prayer both at home and at church. Her mother said that her daughter would regularly pray on her knees, with her head bowed, her hands upon her face and that often, these particular prayer rituals brought tears to Scott’s eyes. On one occasion, this included writing a prayer for one of the future perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre.
DEATH SO SOON
Scott was the first person to be shot in the Columbine High School massacre. She was shot four times with a Hi-Point 995 by Eric Harris while eating lunch with her friend, Richard Castaldo, on the lawn outside the west entrance of the school.
Those conveying their eulogies included one youth who had been considered an outcast at Columbine High School, who stated:
All my life I prayed that someone would love me and make me feel wanted. God sent me an angel
before staring at Scott’s casket and weeping.
Nick Baumgart, who accompanied Rachel to the high school prom as his date three days before her murder, also spoke, saying:
A truer friend, you couldn’t find. You could be having the worst day of your entire life; all she had to do was smile
Before her burial, mourners who had known Scott throughout her life were invited to write messages of condolence on her ivory white casket. Her coffin was adorned with messages of love, gratitude, and grief.
I’M NOT ASHAMED
If you want to know more about Rachael Joy, check the movie out. Rachael Joy was not ashamed to declare her faith in God. At such a young age, she was determined to stand for Christ no matter what. She didn’t live beyond 17, yet her story is changing lives today.
To stand for Christ is to make a public declaration, choosing to die if the case may be. To live for God is to set aside your desires and allow God to have his way. Some men and women have lived in times past, but their stories live on today. These are generals of the faith who looked at the cross and saw that nothing on Earth is worth God’s love.
LIVING FOR GOD
Our major focus for this year remains PURPOSE AND PASSION; LIVING FOR GOD.
To live a fulfilled life is not in the number of years you live, but what you do with the time that you live. If Jesus gave his all for us, then nothing is worth holding on to, nothing is worth our decision to not live for God.
Not everyone will face death, but we will all be faced with a decision to please God with our lives or not. Life will only be worth living when you know it is lived in total submission to God.
As we journey on in the year, I hope you have cause to reflect and choose to live for God above anything else. I pray that you dare to die after you have fully lived.
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