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:
Psalm 121:1-2 says: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
I really enjoyed the way this Psalm reads. I think you can get two things out of these verses. One, the Lord rules from on a mountain. He is a God ascended and reigns from on high. This is comforting to see God as so big.
But the more notable thing that I realized is that there’s this idea that lifting your eyes up and seeing the mountains connotates being in a valley. It means that the sun might have a hard time getting to you. Everything would be shadowed and the sights would be daunting. You would feel so small. Valleys are not always fun to walk through.
But valleys are moments where this Psalm can teach us to be expectant and expect great things from the Lord. So I like the idea that valleys, if we train our minds to view them properly, are opportunities to cry out and expect the Lord to come riding over those great mountains and coming down to get us. Because we need him, and he will come. So when I am in valleys, I will hope to remember to be expectant.
Favorite meeting of the day:
No real meetings today.
Hardest part of my day:
Just running out of time! Man, the days move so fast. By the time I get back to the apartment some nights, I just feel beat and there’s so many things to do yet!
Favorite moment of the day:
I am excited to get to be outside more these days, playing ultimate. It is nice. I’m not sure how many seasons I have left. But I went and played with the JBU guys and it was just really good to be outside and enjoying God’s creation. I spend so much time on screens that a few hours away from phones and distractions and just fully immersed in a moment is incredibly life giving.
What was the weather like today?:
Perfect for tossing a frisbee! 🙂
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
Ethan Penner did a good job reminding me tonight not to get caught up in inside jokes at the expense of someone who might not know what you’re referring to. He, Drew Taylor, and I were eating with Brad Stalder who goes to the U of A. I was reminiscing with Drew on some things we’ve lived through and Ethan redirected the conversation to ask Brad about himself. I thought that was very mature, and appreciated the lesson he taught me!
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 16 & 17
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 – He made a few interesting points. In most cultures, liberty and equality meant the ability for things to pan out differently for different folks. In essence, freedom meant that of course differences were to be expected as a natural byproduct of this societal choice. But in America, we have used liberty as the opportunity to grasp at things while equality simply means that everyone has the same opportunity and privilege to grasp at something. That’s very applicable as you look at our conversations today. However, he talks about the push towards conformity this arises in our society. Yet he links a lot of this to how we all like the same radio jokes, movie stars, TV shows, etc. He didn’t anticipate the fractured prisms of society that we live in now. That’s why our current culture is only able to say that conformity is allowing each individual to fully express themselves. There’s no consensus on what we should digest, so we must be conformed by not denying anyone anything they digest.
Additionally, he just showed how Americans used to be voracious readers. Both the lay people and the intellctually elite both read so aggressively and so access to colleges became relatively equal. But as our reading habits have gone to a level that has not been seen since we came over to this land, we’re also feeling the strain of bowing to the lowest common denominators so our desire for conformity does not strain ourselves.
Some good food for thought. I probably didn’t do him justice, but I try to digest what I read in a day here without looking at it. So there it is.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
Wendy’s 4 for $4 meal.
Song of the day:
Beauty From Pain by Superchick – I was thinking about how hopeless I used to feel. How dead I was inside. How there was no light that I could see in my life. This song was one that I listened to a lot when I was in that place. I can’t believe how little I identify with that song. That’s a grace of God. I was listening to it and worshipping God that he brings hope, life, and light to those with no right to any of those things.
Quote of the day:
No quotes are sticking out to me today.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, what have you done? You took a life that nobody would have bet on and turned it into something that now feels like a Derby horse. Wow! What a God you are. Lord, help me to continue to be faithful. Help me not to presume upon your grace, but continue to run after you with every straining breath as if there will not be another one. I love you, Lord. I don’t say that nearly enough, but it is true. Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord, to thee.