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:
3 John 9 says: “I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.”
I was very convicted as I read this that sometimes I get competitive and want to strive to be more noticeable than brothers who also want to be a pastor in my church. Sometimes I tense up and get competitive when I hear about another one who wants to go after the pastorate.
But thats sounds kind of like the early stages of becoming a Diotrephes who is consumed with being put first. I was very humbled by my sin this morning. John delights when his children walk in the truth.
Truthfully, it is a glorious problem that I go to a church with many men interested in the pastorate. And frankly, the reason I get competitive is because there’s so many of them that seem so capable and qualified to pursue it! What a glorious problem to have. And do I worship a God who is so small that he cannot find a way to lift all those he is calling to it up to it?
So I commit myself to give thanks for these men and to encourage them in their pursuit. Rather than take the path of Diotrephes, I shall endeavor to be like John and Gaius who delighted to see all walking in the light of the truth and the love of the Savior!
Favorite meeting of the day:
I was glad to see Bev today. She was feeling much better and that was nice to see.
Hardest part of my day:
My back has been acting up on my. It’s been hard to try and find any comfortable way to sit anywhere. I’m quickly realizing how poor almost everywhere I go is for helping me have good posture. I need to be disciplined about that for a few days so that it can get better!
Favorite moment of the day:
Probably just my devotional this morning. I know this sounds funny, but being convicted of sin is reassuring. I actually get worried sometimes when I’m having a hard time rooting out sins in my life. That scares me about as much as anything. So when the Holy Spirit uses Scripture to convict me, I’m rather relieved truth be told. It was a humbling experience and drove me to some good prayer throughout the day.
What was the weather like today?:
Rather delightful. I’d give God two thumbs up for today.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I was kind of a heckler today at ultimate. As I drove home, I realized that I should seek to be more of an encouraged in future weeks. I don’t say anything too mean, but I have opportunities to demonstrate the salt of a tongue that belongs to Christ and I should seek to have uplifting conversations more often. That is my challenge to go into each week seeking to be kind.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 13-15
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – He talked about the danger of always preparing, espeically when preparation is not driving us to personal devotion and worship of Christ. I think it’s a good point, although by this point the book is starting to get a bit redundant. So I’ll be alright when it finishes up. Great book, but he’s hammering home the same points for the most part. Could have been a shorter book, I think. He went back to a point that is good that says, “Pastors are not able to give to congregations that which they do not have themselves.” That means that pastors must first be seeking humility in their devotions before they can effectively preach it to listeners, for example.
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?:
Southwest Avocado Chicken sandwich from Wendy’s. It was good and I needed something to eat before ultimate. Then I went and ate some small oranges when I got home and drank a Sparkling Ice.
Song of the day:
Christ Is Risen by Matt Maher – On a day where I was humbled, I rejoice in the fact that I have a risen savior who is my balm and my hope. Death is defeated because of his resurrection.
Quote of the day:
“Could it be that pastors take more joy in the concept of redemption than the Redeemer?” — Paul David Tripp
A good example of Tripp. His content is good, just repetitive. But I do think that we can often get the gifts given by God mistaken for God, who is the gift giver. We can easily swap the two and it’s a subtle, but dangerous mistake that isn’t always to see.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, thank you for humbling me. I know you give grace to the humble and oppose the proud. Help me to be falling on my face before you and crying out for help that you might meet me and life my spirit up in truth and exaltation before you. Lord, help me to be always encouraging those around me. You are Lord of my life, and people should be able to see that by the way I speak. Forgive me when I don’t say the things I should.