Daily Diary – 3/7/18

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:

1 John 3:6 says: “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

What a promise! If I have Christ — and I do! — then continuing in my sin is just not an option! This is a death knoll for the nonbeliever and a victory procession for the believer. If I’m in Christ, God’s seed is planted in me and it will not return void. It cannot leave my sin be. It cannot abide it. It will grow and expunge the sin. I won’t see total victory over it in this life, but there’s also no reason I can’t grow into that old person who seems to comport themselves well day in and day out. Lord willing, my faith plays itself out in such a way that my salvation is shown to be so assured that all can attest to it!

Favorite meeting of the day:

Met with Trey Trumbo for lunch today. Went to Herman’s Ribhouse and had something new today. Not bad food. Not bad at all. Trey is very kind. He’s such a sweet man, and that is a testament to the work of God in our lives. If you listen to Trey talk about himself growing up, it is hard to imagine the man who has stepped forward into what he is. And, boy, is he popular! Everyone seems to know him. What a testament considering he’s a fairly soft spoken person. But he’s a good guy to know!

Hardest part of my day:

Just feeling rushed this morning. Today was hard to catch my breath. I was a bit tired, but felt like my mind was divided between multiple things. But the Lord saw me through and I feel much better about it all now. Some days just feels like working two different jobs between work and church, which is fine for now. It’s a time of growth and learning to manage well under a workload. I trust the Lord will use it.

Favorite moment of the day:

I think I may be developing a crush on a girl. We’ll see. But I found myself excited when I saw her today. If I get a good chance, maybe I’ll ask her out. You know, I don’t want to make it sound trivial by calling it a “game” but the dating game is kind of an exciting time as you realize you may have interest in someone.

What was the weather like today?:

Same as previous days. It looked warm, but it felt cold.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

I want to be careful. It’s easy for me to talk about other things I think should change in people. I’m not sure that it was unfaithful, but I have said some things recently that if I don’t actually go talk to the people I’m referencing then it would be gossip and would become unfaithful at that point. It’s just something I need to be careful of, and actually be willing to take action on if I think it’s worth discussing.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 19-22

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 – Will read a bit of this before bed tonight.

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

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

Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher – Stil a fun read to enjoy.

What was for dinner?:

Gusano’s leftover pizza.

Song of the day:

How Deep the Father’s Love – “Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer. But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom.”

There’s a lot I can explain about the Christian faith. It makes sense. It has lots of historical backings to it. I’m not embarrassed to believe what I do. It just fits so well. But at some point, I can’t fully explain what I believe. It is, at least in part, supernatural in the sense that it defies natural explanations. But even though I can’t tell you exactly why I really ought to benefit from Christ’s death, I do trust with all my heart that I will be brought safely to God’s side by his ransoming work.

Quote of the day:

The transition from Wenham to our modern world, then, is a transition from a life that was bounded and limited to a life that knows few bounds and in which the citizens, cut loose from place and time, have to carry the awful load of being omniscient and omnipresent.” — David Wells

This quote from No Place For the Truth really stuck out to me. I am struck by how true it is. In our culture not knowing things is embarrassing. You are expected to know much about much. But that’s an impossible burden and we can only really know little about much. We are pretending we are God and we are flitting to and fro taking up efforts that are not ours to bear. It is madnes and will consume us if we don’t realize our own mortality and that we are creatures, designed only for the capacity the good Lord has given us.

Prayer of the day:

Lord, I’m not you. I can’t be everywhere. I can’t know everything. Help me just to recognize the things in front of me. Let me be faithful to them. I pray that you’ll help use me to love your people well. I also pray for rest, Lord. Give me rest so that I may rise renewed in vigor to love your people, and I pray Lord that I will never gossip about your people but love them by tenderly speaking to their needs and calling them away from tendencies that may be harmful to them and others around them.

Amen.

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