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:
James 3:8 says: “but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”
Keeping it short today. What is your biggest problem today? What is your greatest sin? Are you sure it is what you just thought of? Might it be that your greatest problem is a tongue that does not do as it ought to? This tongue cannot be tamed by man, but can be tamed by Jesus Christ.
Let us use our tongues to be grateful. For when we are not grateful, we have an ungrateful mouth which leads to ungrateful hearts and that leads us to unfaithful eyes and undisciplined hands that commit sin.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Tuesday morning was really good, I thought. Enjoyed hearing the men feel like a lesson hit home. I said some challenging things, but hopefully they are pushing men to think more about what it means to be like Christ.
Hardest part of my day:
Same as yesterday. Just feeling tired. I was trying to read a book for a reading group tomorrow and it is tedious tonight. I helped moved someone yesterday and hung out with a brother tonight. I had little time to read it, and it’s like a history book that doubles as a philosophical outline.
I just want to go to sleep.
Favorite moment of the day:
I did get to hang out with Andrew Nunn. We ate pizza rolls, played Halo 3, and drank some cider. It was a good time and the first time I got to spend time with him 1 on 1. I am grateful for that. He’s a good brother who I think really wants to serve the Lord with all he’s got.
What was the weather like today?:
Cold. Then warm. Then cold again. With spots of rain in the middle of it. In other words, it was Arkansas weather.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I didn’t finish the chapter of the book I was reading. I’m not sure when I was supposed to read it, but I committed to the this group that I would read everything and that may not happen. I don’t like breaking commitments, but my body is telling me I need sleep as well. I know that I have not balanced my schedule well when I feel tensions between two things that both seem good.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 17 & 18
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.
No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – He just kept asserting his main point where he said that theology is no longer at the center of our lives. This chapter is just evidence for what he has said. It’s tedious to see the evidence. I suppose knowing how and why it happened is good, but it’s a slog to get through.
In short, the switch from an external authority to an internal authority made confessional aspects of faith something to be determined by the empirical, outworking of private experiences that could be observed rather than the external, supernatural transcendence of God’s word spoken into our lives.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
Pizza rolls and cider. A fun dinner, if not the healthiest one.
Song of the day:
Messiah / You’re Beautiful by Phil Wickham – This song feels like a Psalm. I like it. Also, my brain is shutting off so I’m going with the same one from yesterday.
Quote of the day:
“Even that conversation you have is a first between you two, so don’t rush it or force it before it’s time.” — Cole Penick.
Was getting relationship advice from Cole today and I always think of firsts in a potential relationship as things you do. But in a real way, the things you say and the conversations you also have are firsts, and that was good to remember.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, I am tired as I write this. It proves I am not God. I falter and must rest. Let me rest in your name as you prove that you, not myself, sustain all things at all times.