Daily Diary – 3/15/18

Why I Write These:

These are written in honor of 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 19:47 says: “(But the Danites had difficulty taking possession of their territory, so they went up and attacked Leshem, took it, put it to the sword and occupied it. They settled in Leshem and named it Dan after their forefather.)

At first, I just could not understand how this would happen. I couldn’t understand why these tribes are all having such trouble seizing their land. But then I finally went up and looked up a cross reference in Judges 18.

The Danites steal carven idols, take a Levite priest and set him up over their idol worship, and then go out of their promised inheritance and slaughter an innocent people rather.

Now, I’m realizing the haunting conclusion to Joshua is that the book is setting us up for the book of Judges. We’re not supposed to be shocked at all that happens in Judges. It’s bad. These people in the current generation go so far astray.

How does that happen? How do they turn to their stupid idols?

Most importantly, how do I operate like a Danite? I know I’m doing it. I may think I’m doing what the Lord would have me do in most cases, but the truth is humans are a miserable bunch left to themselves. I need the Lord to lead me. I shall strive not to depart from His word, either to the right or to the left.

Favorite meeting of the day:

Got to workout with Aric Powers. We went outside, ran ladders, and threw a disc. I am so excited to be able to start getting out and running sprints again. It was also fun to see Aric and spend some time hanging out. It’s time to put some energy into ultimate again. I know my years with it are limited and that’s fine. So I want to enjoy the time my body can handle this sport that is left to me.

Hardest part of my day:

Feeling like a lazy lout because basketball was on. I got work done, but also just felt ineffective today. Today felt like a day where I could never really kick my mind into a higher gear.

Favorite moment of the day:

I was going to say that I asked a girl out and she said yes. It made me feel like a middle school. Yes, mom. You can bring this up in conversation. 🙂

But really, I got to talk to my little sister and minister to her. Minister as in listen to where she is at, enter into her emotions, and try to encourage her that her story is far from being over. I love getting to do that. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m signing up for, but I know that helping people run the race well is something that I can’t get enough of.

What was the weather like today?:

Oh, so, so, so gorgeous! I had my shirt off while working out and it was almost 70 degrees today. I was loving it. Perhaps the greatest thing I can think of was just being able to let sunlight bathe me as I sweated and worked out with Aric.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

Being a lazy lout? There were times when I didn’t only feel like it, but was actually like it. I just couldn’t lock in. Blame the weather. Blame the basketball. Blame it on an off day, but I just couldn’t get locked in. Need to keep my mind engaged so that I can get all I need to get done, well, done.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 10-12

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 today.

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

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

What was for dinner?:

2 5-layer burritos from Taco Bell. I was hungry, y’all. I had eaten a later lunch of kielbasa that was good and then went to workout at 5:30 and then didn’t have anything to eat until after the movie got over around 10PM. I needed a bit of food.

Song of the day:

Healing Begins by Tenth Avenue North – This song came to my mind as my sister talked to me. She is tough and she’ll do great things. But she let some cracks show and that’s a fundamentally good thing. We need to let our cracks show. Healing begins there. Let’s stop thinking that we have to keep a certain amount of things up or else we’re failures. We started this life as failures and the only thing that keeps that from being our ending reality is that Jesus Christ has entered into the fight on our behalf and so we can tap out and watch our champion go to battle for us. Because, friends, He is worthy. He is capable. He is fierce. He’ll get the job done. 

God help me, I love Him. Jesus Christ is the singular greatest possession I’ve ever found in this life and I will give my life for Him if He asks it. How could I do less?

Quote of the day:

“I’m not following a God I can lead around. I can’t tame this deity. And that’s why Jesus is the final answer to who I want my God to be.” — Newsboys in Who?

I love how Newsboys combine fun lyrics with depth. I can’t tame this deity. Is this really the deity people think I’d worship? Not at all! I’d find something like universalism. Something rich with meaning, but without harsh consequences for people. But that’s just not true. I can see it as not true. You don’t fabricate a story and person like Jesus Christ’s. His ways just aren’t of this world. 

Prayer of the day:

God, you are made perfect in our weakness. You are made awesome in our ineptitude. Help us to rally ourselves around your word and around your body, the church. Without these things we are helpless before the onslaught of life. Thank you for great weather and a disc that flies so beautifully. Thank you for sunshine on our skin and for the light of life that shines on our souls. We would be nothing without you to guide our life. Preserve us for yourself, Oh Lord.

Amen.

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