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.
Godly thought of the day:
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
A really applicable verse, and one that is hard to apply as well. One quick and easy way it is to see how close you may be to God’s will is to see how well you can give thanks in the midst of any situation. This is just a good call to remember that we give thanks not necessarily because every situation is ideal, but because we remember that God works for the good of those who love Him, and in fact has already done such great work through His son on the cross that our good has already been wrought for us!
So give thanks. If you are bitter, or angry, or upset, it is a good moment to take a deep breath and just contemplate His goodness. It will soften your heart and dispose you towards staying in step with the Spirit so that you may be prepared for the good works He would have you do.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Got to go to the gym with Andrew Goode this morning. We worked out and he showed me some awesome new exercises I want to do in the future! Then we ate Golden Kolache and talked a bit more.
He’s just fun to be around, and I appreciate his heart for people and for the Lord, and not in that order. As he and his wife look towards the missions field, I regret they’ll leave at some point but also trust that it will be a worthy calling and will impact lives.
Hardest part of my day:
Sometimes you meet someone who you would otherwise consider asking out, but they don’t seem missionally aligned with you. I met a girl today who I was having really good conversation with, but she seems pointed towards the mission field and I am not. I don’t want to be an obstacle towards a calling they’ve expressed, and I also don’t want to ask them, “Are you really thinking about the missions field?”
But this isn’t the first women who I haven’t asked out because of that hesitancy. It’s a tension because I don’t necessarily think it would be completely wrong to ask someone out, but I’m also very hesitant to do so when I want to respect a person and the feeling that God is calling them in a certain direction. Maybe I should consider missions for myself? 😉
Favorite moment of the day:
I know this sounds odd, but I feel really faithful when I clean my kitchen and bathroom. I did that this morning and the rest of the day just feels much more ordered. If you know me, that last word holds a lot of significance for me, but I won’t delve into the theological significance of it.
Suffice to say, the rest of the day just feels so much more aligned with Christ when my kitchen is clean, the dishwasher is running, the toilet is clean, my bed is made, and there are no clothes on the floor. I’m sure there’s an unfaithful way to clean, but for me it is hard to do it and not feel connected to the Lord.
What was the weather like today?:
Not too bad. Light jacket kind of weather. A bit wet for a portion of the day, but solid sunshine as well.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
Some of the guys in the steam room this morning were complaining about the gym. I joined in with them complaining at first. I actually switched as I remembered 1 Thessalonians, and tried to start saying things I liked about the gym.
But first of all, I should not let complainers suck me in so quickly. Secondly, I should have told them why I was giving thanks. I think even saying “The Bible says…” or “I’m thankful for this gym because of its convenience. God is good to provide us with so much in America…” just to make people think about God.
It would have been a small seed, but then again I’m not sure I planted it either. Who knows whether it may have been bigger? I need to work on that, for Ephesians 6:19-20 tells us to make known the mysteries of the Gospel for which we are ambassadors in chains every time we open our mouth.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Numbers 7
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – This one is so good. Every pastor should read this. Everyone related to pastors should read this. And church members should read this. Pastoral culture in America is in a really unhealthy place right now, and this book has good thoughts on why that is and how we can reverse course.
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today. It will be a periodical read at best.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading on this today.
On the Incarnation by Athanasius – Intriguing that man is made in the image of God. We are not the image of God — that is Christ, the Word made flesh. But that word logikos is what describes us who are made in the image of God. It is translated as “rational” into English, and while the book I’m reading does not like that translation I can’t help but see our insane country and our illogical, irrational behaviors and think how apt it is that radical denial of ourselves as image bearers of God really has led to such irrationality.
What was for dinner?:
A box dinner at the valentine’s banquet I helped at tonight. It had chicken and rice casserole, green beans, and fruit. I then was starving still and so got a 5-layer burrito and nacho fries from Taco Bell on the way home. I hadn’t had anything since brunch and the workout this morning was super intense. So, I just was hungry!
Song of the day:
Shine by Newsboys – In the theme of my Godly thought, this fun song also packs some spiritual punch. I can’t help but hear it and just remember that the Christian life is good. Not necessarily fun, but good. And no matter how many rain clouds come, we always remember that behind those clouds is a bright and shining sun that tugs at our hearts.
Prayer of the day:
“When we went to high school, popularity was measured by who you hung out with. Now with how quantifiable your popularity is on social media, that defines kids and dictates bullying and everything else.” — Andrew Goode (Rough paraphrase. We were talking about the effects of phones, and though I can’t remember the thought the idea that popularity is now quantifiable is something I’d never considered before and found profound.)
Prayer of the day:
Oh God, surely you are my savior. Thank you for looking through the corridors of history and, apart from anything I could do for you, you called me to your side. I don’t deserve it. You alone are enough for me, and I thank you for giving me your spoken Word, your Spirit, and your Body to be experienced in this life until I finally see you face-to-face.