Daily Diary – 2/25/18

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:

Matthew 5:37 says: “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”

I just am so struck by how what we say as a people really matters. I can find no other reason for this than that the character of our promises and commitments are supposed to increasingly reflect the character of the promises and commitments of our Lord.

So when we say “Yes” we mean it and it ought to be assumed that our characters are such that a thing will happen. If we say “No” then it ought to be assumed that we have a good reason for denying something, and that is not a whimsical, selfish answer.

One practical application of this, for me at least, is that we ought to be creatures who show up when we say we’ll show up. Let’s be on time to things. Stop being late places. It shows a lack of purpose and intent that dishonors the purpose and exactness of our Lord. I hope I always am a person who takes what he says he will do seriously.

Favorite meeting of the day:

I got have lunch with the Watkins today. I really, really enjoyed that. That’s the kind of family I could spend a lot more time around. I hope that happens. They were very hospitable, and I’m glad I got to spend more time around them. Very enjoyable afternoon around their house.

Hardest part of my day:

During Sunday School today, I was getting so angry at people. They always come in late to ABF. People in my age just never come to things on time. I want to berate them, which is not the right response. It’s selfish. It’s self-centered and it means they’ve got such little discipline and respect for other people’s time that they feel they can just show up whenever they want.

This was hard for me. I’ve just been getting so tired of it. We get started so slow in ABF. We have to wait to pray so that we have more than 4 people. We have to incorporate people into our prayer groups as they trickle in. Then we pray much slower than otherwise would be needed. By the time we finally start the lesson, it is 9:30 or 9:35 and we never get through the full lesson.

People put time into those lessons and we can’t even properly discuss them because some lazy people think it’s not worth their time to be able to get out of bed and show up on time somewhere. I was so frustrated that I could hardly answer questions the early part of the class. I know that’s a failing of my own heart to have such anger in that moment. But I have trouble with the lackadaisical nature of some people when they just clearly don’t put a shred of thought into how careless their tardiness demonstrates them to be.

Favorite moment of the day:

I got to help count ballots for our voting for deacons and elder tonight — Michael Gaddy got voted in! — and I realized that I was helping mostly alongside of Elders. I’ll be honest, I still have work to do to be recognized as one myself someday. But it felt so right to work amongst those men. I long to join their ranks sometime and as I stood next to them, I just enjoyed it greatly. I pray the Lord will continue to lead me so that I might someday be able to stand with fellow Elders more regularly.

What was the weather like today?:

Beautiful. It started off a bit cold, but quickly turned into a beautiful spring day. I enjoyed it a lot! I didn’t get to spend much time outside, but the Lord’s beauty was evident as I spent some time with the sunroof down.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

My earlier anger certainly was the most qualifying moment. I had to restrain myself from making multiple answers in our ABF about people showing up on time.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – Numbers 27-29

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

Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this tonight.

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.

Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher – Finished this tonight. Great and fun read! Some of the plot points are predictable, but we’re still early in on the main plot. A great writer would be willing to spring his traps until another book or two in.

What was for dinner?:

Taco Bell. Ate a burrito to cap off a good day.

Song of the day:

Let It Go by Newsboys – On a day when I needed to forgive others what I just perceive as insult, it is a song that reminds me that I forgive not because those people deserve it, but because they don’t deserve it. Just like I didn’t deserve the Father’s forgiveness. Forgiveness always cost someone something.

Quote of the day:

“They’ll be stationed in our facilities in soft uniforms.” — Stephen Martin

Just including this for the comedic value that it brought about because everyone was really confused what a “soft” uniform was. I’m writing it down so that Stephen lives on in infamy. 🙂

Prayer of the day:

Lord, give me peace not anger. Help me to realize you laid down your rights to retribution and justified finger pointing. Instead, you reconciled me to you. How can I do anything else? Forgive me, Lord, and help me to pursue you.    

Amen.

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