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 9:19 says: “If then you have acted honorably and in good faith towards Jerub-Baal and his family today, may Abimelech be your joy, and may you be his, too! But if you have not, let fire come out from Abimelech and consume you, citizens of Shechem and Beth Mill, and let fire come out from you citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo, and consume Abimelech”
Why do we think we get to act dishonorably and not be torched by fire? Jotham speaks as a prophet for all time with the authority of the word of God. He tells us that the Lord has placed instruments and resources all around us. To act honorably towards those things is to have them be our joy. To use them dishonorably is to find them as a blazing inferno that consumes us. Let us take a sober look in the mirror so that we may be found as an approved workman, one who does not feel the need to be ashamed on that day we meet the Lord.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Went with Andrew Nunn, Luke Stanton, and Daniel Watkins to visit Dale Wright. That was very fun! I really enjoyed getting to spend time with all of them. We asked questions, read the Bible to him, and just chatted with him. I learn new things all the time. His mind was a bit slow today, and he has a colonoscopy tomorrow.
He’s an amazing testimony to the work of the Spirit in an ordinary man and I find myself encouraged every time I leave his presence. I long for the Lord to work in my life as he has in this man’s. And I was glad to be able to attend to him with my other brothers in Christ who are young men. I know that the nurses rarely see 4 young men with no familial relation to an older man visit them, and I hope it speaks well of the Gospel.
Hardest part of my day:
Today was a good day. I greatly enjoyed my time. I felt like I had very little time to focus on any one thing, so that was a bit hard. Kept hopping around from task to task, but overall that wasn’t hard so much as just the nature of my day.
Favorite moment of the day:
I got to tell my testimony to Sam Knecht today. I feel that every time I get to tell that story I am amazed at the depth of what God has saved me from. I was in such a dark place that I had dug for myself. But God was one who could rescue me from it, and he has! It softens my heart to remember where I have come from and recount the things the Lord has done on my behalf to the glory of his name.
What was the weather like today?:
It was gorgeous today! I loved walking around to get ice cream tonight with Andrew and Luke and Chandler Abbott. We sat outside and it was perfect. I could spend an eternity with those men. In fact, I believe I will. 🙂
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 22-24
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – He talked about having the proper type of fear. One of the most impressive things that he said was that if we think too long on our circumstances we will inherently come to fear them as we meditate on them. Rather, we must be realistic on our circumstances and then meditate on the Lord. Let him grow larger than our circumstances. I think that’s a very good thing to remember.
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 – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
Went to Fuzzy’s Tacos for a Chicken Fajita burrito (was supposed to be a bowl, but whatever). Some chips and queso. Then the guys wanted to go to a new ice cream place, and so we went to that. At least I ran my sprints today! 😉
Song of the day:
Trapped In The Drive-Thru by Weird Al Yankovic – Sometimes you just need something to laugh at.
Quote of the day:
“It’s a cruel jest to tell a bootless man to tell himself to lift himself up by his bootsraps” — Martin Luther King Jr.
This is so good. I’m realizing more and more that I’m just not that interested in making sure my black brothers and sisters feel protected, safe, and equipped to live their lives in this country in the same way I am. If they (and I particularly refer to black Christian brothers and sisters here) feel unsafe. If they feel violated. If they feel injustice. If they feel these things, then that is my burden to be felt as well. I can do no less.
Martin Luther King Jr. is easy to listen to because he’s dead for 50 years. He’s part of a past that I had no part in, but he also spoke of a future that’s left for me to uncomfortably help make happen. The church can stand by no more. We must not only speak, but we must also take action. We must be the place where black and white finally stand together and show the world that the church is a multiethnic place where there will one day be no division amongst us.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, thank you for the work you have done. It is more than I have ever deserved and more than I could have ever dared to ask for! Thank you for community that I can share your goodness with. I give myself to you and trust you to complete the work you have begun in me. You are faithful and I only can trust in your name and your desire to glorify yourself.