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 15:11 says: “Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Elam and said to Samson, “Don’t you realize that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?” He answered, “I merely did to them what they did to me.””
I’m going to make these short since today wiped me out physically.
But I simply can’t believe how horrible Samson’s attitude is here. He can’t see that all this started because he killed a lion and ate from a carcass, which makes him an unclean Jew. If he’d have kept to the way of the Lord, he’d never have made some stupid, arrogant riddle that led to this cascading tit for tat game between himself and the Philistines.
How arrogant must I be when I think, “I’m only doing what is natural or deserved in this situation.”
But also, the bright spot is that back in Judges 14, God is orchestrating this as vengeance on the Philistines. This does not mean he condones Samson’s actions. But I can rest easy knowing God is still sovereign. What a thought! I rest in that fact.
Favorite meeting of the day:
No meetings today. Was at an ultimate tournament all day.
Hardest part of my day:
The cold. Man, it is hard not to start grumbling when you are bitterly cold. But I must not get absorbed by circumstances and keep my mind on acting honorably.
Favorite moment of the day:
Had a car ride home with some Ryan Gulbranson, Ethan Penner, Jonnie Rothfus, and Ethan Bolthouse. It was really, really good to talk about God’s faithfulness and what he’s doing. He grows his people. I am so impressed to hear how he moves everywhere. There was so much good conversation to be had today, and I’m thankful that so many of us who would have just talked ultimate all day a few years ago now are seeing God more clearly in the midst of a day of ultimate.
What was the weather like today?:
Bitterly cold and windy. No sun. Lots of wind. I am glad I had as many layers as I did, else all would have been lost.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I did feel, at one point, that we were walking a dangerous line towards some old college patterns with just thoughtless joking. It is easy to fall into old routines with old friends. I’m not sure that we went too far, and so this may not be a problem. But I also did sense it at one point and want to always make sure I’m striving to live a life that is reflective and honoring to what the Lord has done for me, not just fall into the status quo of yesteryear.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 20-22
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 – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher – Going to read a few chapters here today.
What was for dinner?:
BBQ at Drew Fain’s house, with baked beans, potatoes, and sweet tea. Some brownies to top it off!
Song of the day:
Where You Belong / Turn Your Eyes by Newsboys – He talks about a senseless beggar who shivers with the cold in verse 2 and I really appreciated this today as I was cold. That’s who I was when the Lord did not stir a fire inside of me. Let me never forget that, Lord.
Quote of the day:
“If I live like my co-workers, I don’t feel like I can share Christ with them.” — Jonnie Rothfus
If we live like the world, we won’t proclaim the supernatural God of the world to them. We’ll be ashamed. We’ll know we don’t have anything to show that we really believe it. Let us live lifes worthy of the Lord, and thus secure our boldness to share our faith with others.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, help me to walk in the light. Help me to rest in the light. Help me to know your tender and compassionate voice. You are so rich. I thank you, Lord! I am nothing without you! Oh, Lord, who am I that you should consider me? Yet you have, and I have no words for it. So I repeat this simple refrain; thank you, O God, the God of my salvation.