Daily Diary – 2/20/18

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:

Godly thought of the day:

Joshua 2:11 says: “When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on th eearth below.’

What amazing words from Rahab the prositute here! Having never met the Lord or seen His works firsthand, this is a very great foreshadowing of those who would be blessed for having believed without seeing. For this great faith, she would end up in the lineage of Jesus Christ.

I think it speaks to the Christian that we need to declare what the Lord has done. While someone may not see what has happened, the word of God works on human hearts in a supernatural way and we can never know what unlikely character will hear it and believe.

Favorite meeting of the day:

Living Sacrifices was great this morning! I was eager to share and I felt like the feedback on the lesson was powerful. I hope that it has helped even one man live in purity today.

Hardest part of my day:

Writing a lesson for youth group took everything in me. I actually fell asleep this evening and it threw everything off quite a bit. I wasn’t planning on sleeping, although it may have been a mercy of the Lord because I was very tired when I got home and some evening plans fell through, which would have left me prone to what is usually a good recipe for sin to creep into my life.

But when I got up, I just felt nothing to write the lesson. I’m not sure I love the lesson, but I’m also going to put some more thought into it tomorrow. I’m also taking the opportunity to just talk from an outline more or less, so there will be some room to improvise on the fly. At the end of the day, I identified Scripture to read that I think ties into our study nicely and that will be where the real power is.

Favorite moment of the day:

Just leaving work feeling like I’d put in a good day. It was a good moment to walk out and feel that I had put in a solid amount of time on the Lord’s behalf in a job that I want to do well in. Also, it was raining when I left and I had my rain jacket! I got to walk in the rain and laugh at it as I nonchalantly walked through the rain.

What was the weather like today?:

Rainy. And more rainy. Perfect weather for someone with a new rain jacket. Warm, though.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

I forgot about someone going to the circus tonight. I thought I had checked with everyone, but they slipped my mind. By the time I had remembered them they were already there and everyone else had cancelled and I was starting to write my lesson/fall asleep. I did apologize for it, but I feel bad that it happened.

They’re not a normal part of our ABF community, so I just didn’t think of them as quickly as I ought to have.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – Numbers 14 & 15

Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – No reading for this today.

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 – Going to read a bit before bed.

On the Incarnation by Athanasius – No reading for this today.

No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – No reading for this today.

What was for dinner?:

A banana and water. I figured it wouldn’t be bad to eat light tonight, and that’s what I did.

Song of the day:

Ancient Words by Michael W. Smith – Just as the songs say, the ancient words change you. I think in the modern era of cellphones that send you so many notifications and fight for your attention the regal bearing of the word of God stands out. It does not insecurely, desperately fight for your attention. It calls loudly and clearly and waits for us to approach it, ready to have our lives transformed by the power of our God’s revealed word contained within it.

Quote of the day:

“That monkey you’re playing with right now, is gonna be the monster that can derail your ministry if you don’t watch yourself and the doctrine.” — Edward K. Copeland

This was a fantastic reminder that we don’t mess around with sin if we pray and hope for listeners to regularly sit underneath us. Time to stop messing around in my life. This talk by Mr. Copeland was fantastic. At first, I almost turned it off because it seemed slow to start, but by the end he had me riveted.

Prayer of the day:

Oh Lord, help me to rid myself of seemingly innocent monkeys that might want to grow into a vicious monster and rip my face off. I should not pursue unnatural things in exchange for your good, natural order. You, Lord, are the right way and I must walk by your path, not by any path I might make for myself. Guide me in your ways, help me to love your word, and help me to meditate on your statutes day and night.  

Amen.

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