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.
Today was a simple day, honestly. It may be one of my shortest posts.
I got up and went to church and felt like a zombie. I gave an announcement to our college ministry, and wondered what I said afterwards. But hopefully it was a helpful announcement for people and I said something beneficial to them.
We went to ABF and we talked about John 20 and doubting Thomas. There was a lot of great things that got brought up in that class, but I think the greatest thing that I realized was how we started to reframe the concept of doubt. Really, the true doubt — if you define doubt as disbelieving God — is that Thomas wasn’t with the disciples originally. Doubt isn’t a negative thing. In many ways, doubt is a seed of the Holy Spirit that we should fan and encourage because it brings people into contact with God and that’s a dangerous thing for the human heart because it’s a trap for us humans. We end up finding a God we love so much that all doubts are answered, Christ comes and meets our needs, and we become believers. So beware your doubt, friend! 😉
I love that Thomas’ doubt as typically represented is really the beginning seeds of faith, and we should be comfortable with doubt being present around us. The thing we shouldn’t be comfortable with is when we’re not even with the disciples as Thomas originally was. This is a good reason to not give up the fellowship of the saints, as Daniel Watkins brought up today. Good point.
I then worked with the Older 3’s this Sunday morning. I’m excited to listen to the sermon. I heard it was very, very good. But the Older 3’s were fun to play with. Maddie Knecht helped fill in for Emily Hilton who was gone today. Thankful for her help and for the joy it is to play with younger children and hopefully teach them something about God. It was really, really nice outside so we got to play outside with the kids. They love outdoor play time and seem much more energetic when we get outside than any other type of playing. So it was nice to have such great weather today!
I then opted out of any lunch or anything like that and slept the whole afternoon.
Then I got up and went to our Quarterly Church Conference. We had soup and gumbo this evening. Terry Irwin had shrimp and some great spices in his pot, and so I give him the thumbs up for best gumbo/soup! Always fun to break bread with the family of God.
Tracy and Wes Bond seem to be getting worn down that Brandon Sanderson is a better writer than Patrick Rothfuss. I’m slowly converting them to join the great fanbase that Sanderson has. Rothfuss is good, but Sanderson is better. We all know it is true.
Then we went to the conference part of it where we talked business. We saw in some joyous parts where we welcomed in new members — always fun!. We also saw an Elder nomination for Michael Gaddy! Yess!! So pumped to see another brother I love being recognized for his faithfulness to the body. Super excited to vote yes for him at some point. We also saw that $1.2MM of our budget came in this last quarter. That. Is. Unreal. That’s divine, honestly. God just works on hearts and in ways that no reasonable person would like to trust in, but He provides for His people and I’m thankful for that.
We also had hard aspects of the meeting. We saw one member out who got divorced awhile ago from her husband and we have 3 other marriages that have dissolved over the last year. That’s horrible. Marriage is the unique display of Christ’s love for His church, and when we dissolve it we haven’t understood marriage well. I hope our church can figure out how we fix some cultural issues that seem to be attacked by Satan recently, and fight for holiness and put the Gospel back on display in power through our marriages and sexual purity.
But that’s part of being Christian. We’re not a fully sanctified people. In some ways, if we’re not wrestling with some hard topics as a church we should be concerned. Because it may signal some complacency to us.
I did find out that since Brad Wheeler came to be our preacher I am the median individual by age. Specifically, myself. Not just generally. I was actually the exact median. Now, I wonder what the mean was. My mathematical mind would be intrigued to see the difference between the two. But anyways, that’s just a fun tidbit and I’ll be eager to see how the Lord grows our church in the coming months. The dating pool didn’t get any bigger at church with our new members, but that’s not why I go to church anyways. So the Lord wills as the Lord wills. I’ll bless Him whether He keeps me single or moves me in a different direction. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Brock Daniels and I had a fun conversation about pigeons and wartimes and such. I just can’t help but think that WWI generals who relied on pigeons must have spent many an anxious time hoping their pigeons didn’t get shot down and a battle lost. I can’t imagine trusting the outcome of pivotal events to a pigeon, but people did.
Well, I came home and have worked on some lessons for Living Sacrifices tonight and now this and am about to read some Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul. Then I’ll read Exodus 25-27 before conking out for the night. I’m still tired from the conference this weekend and will be ready for bed.
I’m thankful to the Lord for all that He has given me. This may be a simple day, and there’s not a lot to report necessarily. I didn’t have deep thoughts about the Lord, necessarily. But I did have great joy in the Lord seeing a brother raised up and playing with kids and just getting to love our body through service. So there was great experience of the Lord, and sometimes that’s alright for a day. So I’ll keep this one short.