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.
Godly thought of the day:
Judges 2:18 says: “Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them.”
I found this verse notable because this chapter starts and ends with the Lord basically pronouncing that he will not fight for the Israelites because they have violated his covenant. And yet here in the meat of the passage is evidences of mercy and the Lord having compassion even on a depraved people who he knows aren’t really striving to love him well. I am grateful to worship a God who has been patient and compassionate on my behalf even though so often I do not follow his commands.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Got to have lunch with Drew Hutchison today. It was really good to meet with him. I feel like that’s a brewing friendship that I want to put some time into. I don’t have many non-Christian friendships, and I want to make sure that I’m investing in those outside of just my church. And I like Drew. So I hope that we’re able to connect more in the coming days.
Hardest part of my day:
I just sometimes feel like I don’t know what I’m doing on one aspect of my work. Particularly, I just don’t feel like I can do conversion pixels sometimes. They seem to defy any logical expectation I have. I don’t know if that’s just me or if others have that same problem, but they continually perplex me and I wish they’d start cooperating since half the work problems I face are due to that.
Favorite moment of the day:
Getting outside to workout with Aric. It was gorgeous and it was so nice to be outside enjoying the sunshine and moving.
What was the weather like today?:
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
My apartment neighbor stopped by randomly. I’ve been trying to reach out to him because he kind of disappeared on me after he got what he wanted, which wasn’t what I really hoped for. But he seems to always show up when I’m in the worst of situations. I was about to leave and trying to figure out everything. Anyways, it seems like he is there when I don’t want him to be and not there when I do.
Which probably is a lesson for me since I found myself a bit irritated with that today. I really struggled to care about anything he was telling me. I need to work on my heart in that.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Judges 7 & 8
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – I thought he had an interesting point that seminary can be a dangerous time for people. Because they’re academically learning the faith and so impersonally living it out by often having minimal time actually involved in a church, we get pastors who are called in without knowing what it means to live out our local commitments to the church and with crazy expectations of them.
I will say that at this point, the past few chapters have been getting a bit repetitive. Still good, but I feel that he’s kind of making the same point again and again and again. If I was feeling stuck in the kind of situation he is describing, I might need more time to digest what he’s saying. But as someone early into his ministry endeavors, I buy it and don’t necessarily need as much reinforcement of what he’s giving.
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 tonight.
No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – No reading for this tonight.
What was for dinner?:
Pizza and sparkling ice drinks with Luke Stanton
Song of the day:
I Need Thee by Jadon Lavik – “I need thee every hour, in joy and pain. Come quickly and abide, or else life’s in vain.” I liked this line as I thought about it. Life is vanity without Christ abiding in the midst of it. He gives purpose, order, joy, and contentment to my days. I could not do this without him.
Quote of the day:
“You know he secretly does these at home while he watches basketball, right? ” — Will Dockery
I found this funny. We were doing ladders at the park and Will stopped by. Aric was having a bit of trouble with one thing I was doing, and so Will was saying that I spend time learning these things. Which, I do ladders on my own. So he’s partially right. But I don’t do them while I’m watching basketball. 🙂
Prayer of the day:
Lord, help me to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. There is nothing else to be done in life. All else is vanity.