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:
Numbers 25:1-2 says: “While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods.”
What a horror of a passage! Just before this the Lord has been thwarting the desire of God’s enemies to try every which way to curse God’s people! But God has overcome all takers and has instead blessed them.
And the Israelites were unaware the whole time. God is working on their behalf and they don’t even know it. And how do they respond? They give into the crafy nature of their enemy who seeing their blessing will not march against them. But instead they craftily send women into their camps to arouse their pleasure and lead them to worship other gods.
And the Israelites do this! How feeble are their hearts? More importantly, how feeble are our hearts? As one who has pushed the bounds of my sexuality in relationships and in pornographic pursuits, I’ve had enough of Moabite women in the camp. I’m ready to purge them. They lead me astray and I quickly bow down to terrible things. I’m ready to stop selling out for the fleeting desires of my indulgences.
Favorite meeting of the day:
I always love getting to chat with Bev as she helps me print out my copies for Living Sacrifices. What a joy to get to know her! It’s been fun to grow close to that sister in Christ and spend more time with her. She makes me laugh and is a joyful help in facilitating my ministry.
Hardest part of my day:
Feeling behind all day. I just don’t feel like I got to nearly as much as I wanted to when I wanted to get to it. It just felt like an off day for me.
Favorite moment of the day:
Putting the sunroof down and singing Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery at the top of my lungs. Not sure if anyone heard me, but it felt good to enjoy God’s beauty through song as I drove.
What was the weather like today?:
As indicated it was great! A bit cold at the beginning and end of the day, but perfect for most of it.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I didn’t get up and go to the gym this morning. Sometimes I miss because of genuinely being tired. But today I missed because I mismanaged time yesterday and read a book way longer than I ought to have. This led to me getting to my lesson much later than I meant to, and that took longer than anticipated. So I ended up getting to sleep later. That’s sinful and I wronged Scott by not being there because I couldn’t exhibit self-control in reading a book. I need to apologize to him next time I see him.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Numbers 30 & 31
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 – Read part of the first chapter today. Really hard to read. I’m not sure what the point of this first chapter is to be honest, so can’t even say anything about it.
What was for dinner?:
Spaghetti with chicken and red sauce. Sweet potatoes on the side.
Song of the day:
Holy, Holy, Holy by Norton Hall Band – What a song! May my song rise early in the morning. May my prayers be driven by the fact that God is holy, rather than praying because he is some kind of Santa Claus who can fulfill my needs that I’m experiencing.
Quote of the day:
“To Hell with their feelings.” — Anonymous
I’m going to anonymize the person who said this because of the context and people involved in the conversation. But I loved it! They were talking about someone who wants to give up on a marriage because they just aren’t feeling it. They think those feelings can go straight to Hell, and I agree. Because Hell is exactly where those insidious feelings came from, and they can go back there and never return. I wish we spoke more authoritatively on these kind of subjects sometimes, and it was encouraging to hear someone else speaking with the authority of the Lord on the subject.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, all your works praise your name. You are perfect in power, in love, in purity. Make me like you in those things so that I can boldly proclaim your power and holiness to a people who need to recognize this so they can bend the knee and be filled with your love and purity for all time.