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:
Ephesians 1:7-8 says: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”
It blew my mind to think about how God, who gave us redemption freely in the One he loves (verse 6) did this not accidentally. Not whimsically. Not just by mere happenstance of crossing our paths.
No, he lavished his grace on us with “all wisdom and understanding!” That’s amazing. He had full knowledge and purpose behind his act of showing grace to me. It wasn’t an accident that I became a Son of God. It’s the most intentional, deliberate, sweetly rich thing anyone has ever done for me.
I’d be a fool to not fall on my knees and praise this God.
Favorite meeting of the day:
I went on a date tonight. I’m going to call that a meeting because, frankly, I can hardly think about anything else right now. March 26th. I may be wrong, but I may need to remember this date for a long, long, long time.
Hardest part of my day:
Not being able to focus on anything because I was going on a date.
Favorite moment of the day:
Did I mention I was on a date?
She wore jeans that rolled up a bit above the ankles and a grey shirt with the sleeves just a bit short. I daresay that I may have found her very pretty.
We went to eat, did a scavenger hunt in a bookstore, and got coconut cream pie shakes afterwards. There’s so much to learn about this girl.
She likes German chocolate cake. She doesn’t like Picasso. Christmas Carol is one of her favorite books. She likes happy endings in books and sweet songs on the radio, which is matches her personality well. She likes walks and hikes.
What was the weather like today?:
Perfect for a date.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I feel great right now. I may have sinned in some way. I’m sure I did today. But you know what, today was great. So great.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Judges 18 & 19
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – He talked about shifting treasures. Honestly, a lot of this content is similar to the rest of his book. But he talked about war zones and how the war for a pastor is a battleground fought in the pastor’s heart. So we better be honest about where we’re at.
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 – I love what Athanasius did here to refute the Greeks. He’s been using the word logos as a Jewish word this whole time to describe the Word incaranate living inside the Messiah. But then with the Greeks he shifted the word and started using it as the Greeks did to show that this “rational principle” that governs the whole world makes perfect sense to be found in a human body.
I didn’t necessarily love one of his points that the only thing that was broken was mankind. He said that’s part of the reason that Christ took on a human body rather than being a spectacle of nature to behold. He says this is because only man was broken. Nature was going on as intended still glorifying the creator. But nature is devouring at each other. Death reigns in all creation. I’m not sure how much I agreed with where he went there. I think there’s a general premise he can explore, and maybe I missed it. But I feel that he was a bit off on that.
No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – No reading for this tonight.
What was for dinner?:
Hammontrees and then a coconut cream pie shake for dessert. It was great. But that was mostly because the company was amazing.
Song of the day:
Laugh Out Loud by Jason Gray – I don’t even know this song. But she likes it. So I’m kind of just recording some things I found out about her for record’s sake.
Quote of the day:
“Jesus called Lazarus out of the grave by name. Lazarus could have stayed in the grave, but no one does that.” — Sarah Watkins
She’s got wisdom. I don’t even know what to quote, but this was something new I’d never thought about. I like hearing her thoughts. She’s kind and has perspective to offer. I want to meet her thoughts more.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, it would be tempting to pray for a great date and potential interests. But my prayer — my prayer is that you would make me realize that any affection I feel for anything or anyone is but a reflection of how I am supposed to feel towards you. So, Lord, all of this. All of these feelings swirling in my head, they’re great and they’re but a sign. They’re but a brief, tiny glimmer of what the wedding feast of the Lamb will be like. And, Lord, if that’s true then it will be so awesome! Because I know how this feels and if being with you is like this, then I can have confidence you’re saving something great for me if I put my hope and trust in you!