I was reading about John the Baptist today in my quiet time and had a couple of thoughts:
Luke 3:2 says that the word of God came to John in the desert. What was he doing in the desert? Was he run out of town because he didn't fit in elsewhere? Or could it be that he had intentionally secluded himself for a time for the purpose of hearing from God? I'm not sure, but I have seen the value of pulling away from the busyness of our world and finding some alone time with God. Where is your desert?
Luke 3:19-20 says that John rebuked Herod because he was messing around with his brother's wife. I love it that John had the boldness to speak the truth to all people and it mattered not your social status. He was not intimidated by Herod's power or money. He told him straight up that what he was doing was wrong, even if this meant getting thrown in prison. Even if this meant losing his head. I want that kind of boldness!