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 1:22-23 says: “And he put all thing sunder his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
Some people say they wish they could have experienced Christ while he lived on Earth. I dare to say that, while perhaps not quite the same thing, we do see that Christ can be experienced in very real, very tangible way. It is through his body, the church which he has left. This should also inspire us to use our body as Christ used his body. To reach out to the hurt and broken, touch them with a desire to see them restored, and proclaim truth into their lives as we attend to their needs. We have that power. I think that’s marvelous that he didn’t leave us alone, and have been thankful for my church, Christ’s body which has so marvelously touched me.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Didn’t have a favorite meeting today.
Hardest part of my day:
Had a good, but hard conversation with Sarah. It’s tough not quite being on the same page. I think that there’s been some time to process and she’s just trying to make sure she knows what she is doing. She’s not crazy or irrational or even being unwise. I understand everything she is saying. And yet, it feels a bit like being told you’re playing really great baseball so they tie your glove hand behind your back and ask you to field a fly ball with your teeth.
I’ll need to process a lot of what we talked about. It wasn’t what I’d hope for, but I just keep thinking of what David said in Psalm 23:1. “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” So, Lord, you only know what is happening here. It’s confusing to me. But I’m not going to pine away, wanting. And I’m going to trust you to orchestrate something, even if that might mean you orchestrate something that I wouldn’t choose myself.
Favorite moment of the day:
Played ultimate today. I’ve been working on my explosiveness, and so I felt good to see some of the time in the gym pay off. I had a good moment where I got up pretty well for a disc in the air and had a layout to keep possession in indoor. That was nice to see. I feel pretty springy right now, and I’m excited to see if that can translate into outdoor well.
What was the weather like today?:
I guess it was pretty nice outside today.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I was in a bit of a low key mood when I went to ultimate and was heckling some as I watched ultimate. Some of it was okay, but I need to make sure that I don’t just do that too much. I had a few good conversations with some people and hope that I can spend time in Gospel conversations. Ultimate is where I know the most non-Christians, so it should be where I try to have the most Gospel conversations.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 18 & 19
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 – His biggest point was that we have tried to solve the entertainment problem and it has caused us to worry less about what is true and more about what feels good.
This manifests itself in a few ways. It comes in the form of on-stage antics to supplement the Gospel in hope that what we do will be entertaining enough. That’s different than trying to being excellent, by the way. But it also comes in the form of relying heavily on testimonies for evangelism conversations rather than the objective truth of Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection. The early Christians, it is true, relied heavily on preaching the truth of those facts and living as if they were true. Sometimes I do think we live far enough away from those moments that we haven’t really grappled well with whether they are true, historical events.
But he also did a cool play off Descartes, “I think therefore I am” line. He said modern evangelicals tend to say, “I feel religiously, therefore I am self.” We find a lot of meaning in the subterranean, subjective experience of Christ and that is fine if it is paired with the external, objective truth of Christ. But so often this is lacking in modern churches, and it is damages us greatly. Churches must worship in both spirit and truth as John 4 tells us.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
4 for $4 meal from Wendy’s. I hadn’t eaten anything all day since breakfast, and was hungry after playing ultimate. So I went and got myself a meal. I was also still processing my conversation with Sarah, so I didn’t feel like cooking by the time I got out.
Song of the day:
The One by Everyday Sunday – Jesus is the one who makes me smile. I shall not want.
Quote of the day:
There are no quotes coming to my mind today that stand out.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, you not only are my shephered. You were my shepherd when I thought I was a goat and didn’t want to be part of a pack. You not only will be the one who takes care of me and will be my final betrothed, you were the one who sought me, bought me, and took me in as your possession by the work of your blood. Lord, how can I want things in this world when I’ve already gained so much? I know I do want them, but Lord, I shall not want for you are the good shepherd and you provide your sheep with what they need, when they need it and not a moment too soon. Nor do you indulge them so they become bloated and ineffective. You provide what is just right. Content my heart, oh Lord. I shall not want.