Daily Diary – 2/9/18

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 just rolled in to Nebraska after a drive, and so I am going to make today’s post short and to the point.

Today I got up and had an ABF meeting scheduled, but it got cancelled. So I used the extra time to do some jump rope and enjoy breakfast and catch a few extra Zs.

Then I went to meet Yan Huang at Puritan for discipleship. There’s been some ups and downs there, but things show a lot of hope even if they probably don’t see it in the midst of it. We mostly talked over Matthew 18 and how we forgive people because God forgave us. I told him that how we forgive others tends to show a lot about how we think about God and understand God’s relationship to us. Good reminder for myself!

Then I worked at Puritan until noon. Saw Will Dockery there, and it was good to catch up!

Then I got Arby’s for lunch. Hadn’t had that in awhile!

Then I worked until 5:45 or so. It was a good day of work. I didn’t get to all I wanted to, but felt like I got what I wanted to done. Hopefully people are seeing my work, but really, if they aren’t I’m still doing it for the Lord. So I guess I feel like I honored him with my work today.

Then I drove to Nebraska.

I listened to a sermon by Bruce Ware. Best part of that was he said our first word that comes to mind when it comes to ministry should be “privilege”. God is all-sufficient and doesn’t need us.

I listened to some Albert Mohler’s The Briefing. Good stuff and helped me get caught up on some news.

I stopped at Quick Trip for some taquitos. I love those as it is my road trip and the only time I eat them.

I listened to some sermons on parables after that. The persistent widow. Jesus asks if he’ll find faith when He comes again, and the seeming indicator is that if we’re on our knees praying confidently before the Lord that will be a “yes!”

Then I listened to the Parable of the Prodigal Son, or as Brad likes to say, The Parable of the 2 Sons. It’s more important for those inside the church to look at the elder son and make sure they haven’t placed their faith in their spiritual performance. The parable leaves us hanging. We must ask ourselves, our we the elder brother? And if we are, the parable wants us to ask, will we take joy in those who seem “unworthy” of the Gospel? Will we go in and join the father at the feast? Or will we be bitter?

Good questions to ponder. Between that and Bruce Ware’s sermon I felt absolutely humbled in that God doesn’t need me and that I need to pray that I never take more stock in my performance than in Jesus’ redeeming work!

Alright, gonna read a bit and then off to bed. Goodnight!

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