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 8:4 says: “Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it.”
The Ephraimites have complained about not getting enough glory, yet the enemy is still at large. But are they chasing? No.
Who do we find chasing but Gideon and his 300 dogs. I was struck by this timely passage today. I was very weary this morning and to see this small detail about how Gideon was exhausted as he kept up the pursuit resonated powerfully.
I am but a dog trying to doggedly continue the journey until the enemy is vanquished. How comforting is it that the chapter contains a victory. But how much of a warning is it that the chapter ends with idolatry.
Gideon ran part of the race well, but stumbled at the end. I don’t want to do that. I want to run the race, the whole race, well. I pray the Lord builds me up to be one who does that.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Got to have lunch with Cory Meyer today! That was fun. That brother is so able to give attention to detail and he is an encouraged and a source of wisdom. I’m grateful for him! It was good to catch up with him after he’s been so busy recently.
Hardest part of my day:
This will go hand in hand with my unfaithful moment. I just felt so sluggish this morning. Waking up was hard. I don’t feel like my brain got really going until much later in the day than I’d like it to have.
Favorite moment of the day:
I came around a building and saw a beautiful skyline with Old Main and a building. Honestly, the buildings just sat against the skyline and terrain so well and it was beautiful. I was struck by how much God loves beauty. It caused me to smile and helped give me a bit more pep to my step as I went about my day.
What was the weather like today?:
It was cold. Then really, really warm. Stayed mostly warm, until it started getting cold again. Basically, Arkansas.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I didn’t get up for my reading group this morning. I couldn’t get up. Well, maybe I could have. I don’t know. I should have gone. Commitments are important to me. I don’t like missing. I plan to do a better job reading ahead of time for this group since it was the very reading that I think undid me.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 19-21
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 – I was most intrigued by his contrasting of Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism. The great sin of Fundamentalism was compromise. The great sin of Evangelicalism is narrowness. That rings very true.
I also appreciated his thoughts on unity. He says that the only people who have the energy for unity are those who are living convicted lives and these are the people who, because of their convictions, have the hardest times being unified. I think it is very true. I don’t think that is an excuse to not try and be unified. However, it does give sympathy from me to other church denominations like CoC and Presbyterians that I would, largely, say share the Baptist desire to live with conviction.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
Leftover Loafin’ Joes sandwich. It was a sausage & kraut sandwich with salsa added. Drank some cider. Also, a Hawaiian roll.
Song of the day:
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted by Fernando Ortega – I have the last verse in my head today. What a firm foundation we have, those of us who have our hope on Jesus’ blood built.
Quote of the day:
“Is there a way to turn the difficulty setting down on dating apps?” — Nathan Costner.
I laughed really, really hard at this. Nathan is a great kid with a genuine heart for the Lord. He says a lot of funny things, but I had trouble keeping it together after I heard this. What a quote! I need to try and get together with Nathan and disciple him more.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, you are gracious and you are patient. You work with even those of us who don’t stick to our commitments like we ought to and who are sluggish to rise to our tasks. Thank you.