Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, Luke 3:1
I remember reading passages like this in the past and thinking: Why were these details in here? I don’t really care who was in the political ranks 2000 years ago. Why is this so important to God that He put these names into the scriptures? This happens all through the Bible. In Isaiah, there is a chapter that starts out by saying: In the year that king Uzziah died. I don’t even know who king Uzziah is. As I read these names in today’s scripture, I now understand that they are markers in times. These world leaders identify the time frame that the God events were taking place. It is really quite significant and in fact, the Bible can be used as a history book to mark the times of events in history.
So why is this important to me? Not so much, but it does make me consider my mark in time. The fact that I exist will probably never make it into the history books or the bible for that matter. But I can leave a mark in time but the people I reach and the message I leave. This is one of the main reasons I write each day. It is my footprint in time and my legacy. My writing will go on after me. Maybe not on a global level, but it can still impact this part of the world when I am gone.
What about you? Are you leaving a mark with your life? What can you do to impact the world around you? There are plenty of opportunities to touch people in everyday life. It doesn’t have to be big, just pray that God would open up opportunities for you each day to make a difference in the world you live in. It is one of the biggest reasons I encourage all people to write or journal. Writing marks in time that you were here, and you can continue to speak even when you have left this world.
Today I want to encourage you to start leaving your mark in time. Start by taking simple steps each day to serve those around you that God has placed there for you to bless. Watch for hurting people that you would usually walk past in the store or on the street. Give an encouraging word to someone who is feeling down or even ill. Pray for people that share the struggles with you and start writing down the things God puts on your heart and share them with others to inspire them along in their faith walk. Your life can make a difference to many people and you can leave a legacy that will live on after you, but you have to be purposeful in doing it. It is up to you to love the world around you before your time here is done.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 3:1-2
1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
2 while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.