Daily Diary – 1/1/18

Why I Write These:

This is an initiative I started in 2018 to begin documenting my life better. It’s meant to be a snapshot of a day both for public disclosure of what is going on, both good and hard things in my life. It also serves as a record that I hope to be able to look back on in future years. This concept was inspired by my grandfather, Leon Milton Buttermore, who has a memory that I am envious of, and I hope that by doing this I am able to be the kind of man who starts to treasure the things given him.

Daily Highlights:

I rang in the new year by first hanging out with Evan Hegel. We watched In Bruges, a peculiar movie that made me laugh but also confused me immensely! We ate some pizza and ordered garlic bites we didn’t need because Pizza Hut wouldn’t let us order if it wasn’t over $10, and wouldn’t you know it? The pizza itself was only $9.99…

After that, I went with Evan to a party that his in-laws were at. We talked about movies and books. Star Wars, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Terry Brooks were all notable topics.

After that, I rang in the new year with Michael and Amy Gaddy, Sam and Maddie Knecht, Joy Hawkins, Abbey Allen, and Chaz Miller. It was incredibly fun! We played Empires, Fish Bowl, and True Colors. I almost won a game of Empires with the name Donkey Kong, but Maddie and Amy combined to remember my name just when I thought I was safe! I had a great time with this company. These people are all church members at UBC with me, and I was glad to be in company where the party was not fueled by drunken revelry but by sober, joyful love for one another.

I noticed and appreciated how so little, if any, of the humor was the result of making fun of each other. The jokes were not meant to put others down, but were genuinely funny, witty, and it was lovely to behold people who love each other and whose only connection to love was because they had met Christ first. I also was reminded that sometimes loving one another does not always mean deep conversations, but just being able to relax and enjoy another person(s) presence. The Christian life is so often full of intentionality and discipline, and that was still present on this night, but it was a nice reminder of what we have to look forward in Heaven when our faith is authored and perfected in its entirety!

I started reading a book, Furies of Calderon. This is a recommendation from Michael Engelkemier. It’s an interesting read and gives me some outlet for my fantasy reading.

I did some work in the morning for some of my clients who needed a bit of touch-up work even on a holiday!

Then I turned on the TV and watched Scott Frost and his boys hit hard and defeat Auburn. Boy, it was fun to watch a team hit hard and play fearlessly! I hope that’s Nebraska’s future with Frost coming home. I texted Jarrod and Dad some during the game, and it seems we’ve all got some optimism!

Then I gathered up my things and headed over to the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) where Cole and Caroline Penick were hosting a FBS Football Playoff watch party. Cory and Hayley Meyer, Talon Brandon, Trey and Kristen Richardson, Ryan Troglin, and more showed up! It was great fun. Oklahoma fell to Georgia (Hayley was the person with the most invested in a team, and I was sad that her team lost thought most folks were cheering for the SEC Georgia) and Alabama took down Clemson pretty easily.

I balanced time watching the game and also playing with two of the Penick children, Elliot and Silas, who seemed content to think I was a target to be tackled! I love being in a church body where I get to be around families, play with kids, and feel integrated. I’ll be honest that I’d feel awfully lonely if I didn’t have that, and I’m grateful to those families who spend time with me. I should probably say thank you more deeply and fully in the future and make sure they know that! I love them all immensely.

Now, I’m about to go off to bed. I’m starting an initiative to read the Bible through the year with some time before bed and I may sneak a few chapters of my Fantasy book tonight!

The Lord has been good to me this day. I don’t deserve any of what He has given me. Friends, food, warmth on a cold day (It was bitingly cold down here today!), but above these things He gave His Son to die for me, even though I was sinner who didn’t really want Him. I hope my hard heart will always let that sink a bit more in each day.

He is so, so good. All glory, majesty, dominion, and authority be His now and forevermore. Amen.

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