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.
I do not mean to make these typically short, but life is not always a simple and steady rhythm and we ought to not be so rigid in our approaches to life we cannot adapt. In order to get some sleep tonight, I will keep this shorter as well and hope to resume more thoughtful posts later.
I went to church with the family this morning. I was thankful for God’s providence in my life that I had decided beforehand to spend time with the family a bit longer instead of leaving right after service. For it turns out that both the Sunday morning and evening service at UBC got cancelled. I was not excited about missing the Sunday evening service, and I don’t necessarily have the illusion that God cancelled these just for me.
But it was kind of him to allow my desire to try and spend some more time with my family without rushing off and I’ll get to vote our new Elders and Deacons in at some point. So that was kind of God.
Dad preached a nice sermon on Leviticus. So much in the books. There’s a lot you could unpack, but the Day of Atonement is a pivotal passage in understanding the later sacrifice of Christ. I appreciated His call to appreciate how easily we approach a holy God when Nadab and Abihu are struck down for not worshipping properly.
That’s serious stuff, and we take it for granted that we are priests who enter His presence daily. Man, what a gift!
After that I ate lunch, took a quick nap, and then started driving back. Almost left my hanging clothes, but my mom is not one to disappoint and caught my mistake quickly so I could turn around and grab them. It had my favorite (and only) sweater vest as well as my favorite coat. What a mom! Glad she saw that.
I listened to some great sermons on the way home. Here’s some quick highlights, one from each sermon I listened to:
- Church polity is not the Gospel. But it is like the prongs on a ring. When properly done the diamond of a ring is safe and secure and immovable, but also properly displayed. Church polity matters in that way.
- I need to look for ways to lay my rights down as a Christian for the sake of people around me. Also, if we make the Gospel about rigid ways of living we end up looking more like Muslims and Mormons than Christians.
- 1 Samuel is thought of as the national portrait gallery of Israel. Cool way to view the book. And man, Hannah is impressive! I need to learn to pray like she does more often and be willing to worship who God is. Not what He gives me.
- Christ identifies with our sexual brokenness and even the sexual dysphoria of homosexuality and transgenderism (as well as all other sexual dysphoria we feel) because He is the ultimate example of someone who did not belong in His body, but He accepted it and humbled himself and submitted Himself to His will. So to make our lives about our sexual desires it to make us like animals and make us less than human. Also, we cannot tie up people’s worth in relationships. Otherwise, we diminish Jesus who was himself single and fully human in ways we can’t even imagine.
Well, I came home and finished up Chosen by God. Then I’m typing this up and going to do a quick review of the lesson for Tuesday morning to try and have that edited. I’ll do the handout tomorrow morning before I go to print it off.
Then I’m going to read Leviticus 19-23 tonight. I got a bit behind while I was home and need to stay caught up.
Had a great day and the Lord was faithful to impress Himself upon me. Can’t ask for more, and I was very encouraged this weekend by some of the fruit I feel is taking shape in my family. Very encouraged, really. There is still much to toil over in the vineyard, but I have confidence that my physical family has a great hope of becoming a spiritual family. Who knows, in many ways we may be the family unit who enhances the lineage of our spiritual predecessor in grandparents and so on. I want to embrace the family inheritance the Lord has given me and then enhance that lineage so that, Lord willing, any children that are born to me and my brothers and sisters might be beneficiaries of a strong spiritual inheritance from the Lord.
Thank you Lord for being who you are. That is enough for me and it is the reason we are to give thanks in all circumstances. For giving thanks is your will for us in Christ Jesus, and you are certainly meriting of the thanks given in all situations.