Promise of Hope
A Young Girl's Life Prompts a 1000 Good Acts of Will
Somebody said once "life is like a vapor, here for a little while and then it vanishes", But I believe some lives may vanish, but never really goes away; for instance Rachel Joy Scott, she was just 13 when she put her hand prints on the back of a dresser and wrote these words, her father Darrell.
"She was just 13 and wrote over hand prints these hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of people hearts".
A few years later Rachel would also write what she called her code of ethics.
"I have this theory that if one person can go out of there way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction, people will never know how far a little kindness can go".
Did Rachel know somehow that she would be the first to die that terrible day in April at Columbine; and after the tears at her funeral-that her family would take those words and start a movement. A challenge to do good, all over America.
"I remember sitting on the front row that day-two thousand students sitting, quiet , respectful; it didn't matter the reaction was the same-some of the toughest guys I know we touched by Rachel's challenge. You could feel it-this is hitting the heart-everything around me-changed the way I look at life, people-people use to have issues with each other now they are high-fiving each other-things are changing".
Kids who were considering suicide-decided there was a reason to live.
"I had everything planned out, I had a rope and pills, ready".
Kids who had thought nothing of bulling, suddenly knew how it felt.
"This letter from a 10 year old girl, the exact details of how she wanted to take her life".
Kids who have never really thought much about anyone but themselves suddenly were volunteering to help total strangers.
"Rachel you saved my life".
13 years after she was murdered, after she wrote in her notebook, about the power of a single act of kindness. Rachel Scott's story has prompted a 1000 acts of good will, these kids from Rusheon Middle School in Bossier are packing food for other kids to have something to eat over the weekend.
"Sometimes kids only eat at school and they don't have food at home".
Now they will and all because a daddy said, "I will not let my daughter die in vain".
"My daughter would not have wanted Eric and Dillon to ruin over lives, in fact she is the one who told us to forgive".
Forgive he has and buy using words of an extraordinary young lady; taught thousands of young people something she already knew she was
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