Daily Diary – 5/2/18

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.

Daily Highlights:

Godly thought of the day:

Judges 21:25 says: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.”

One of the great tragedies of the book of Judges is that, of course, Israel always  had a king. They had a king in God. They weren’t a monarchy. They were a theocracy and their Triune God provided all the leadership that they should have needed.

Let us never forget that our Savior is not bite-sized. He doesn’t fit in our pockets. He’s not the perfect size to fill the Jesus shaped hole in us. He’s a king. If we forget that, then we’ll see that there’s nothing that can save our lives from severely apostasizing.

It’s so sad to see a people led by the Almighty God, the Lord of Heaven and Earth, act like such children with no father. May my own life not bear the same testimony.

Favorite meeting of the day:

Had a great meeting with Stephen Fullington this morning! We talked about doing more email marketing for Everything Mary, and I’m excited about those opportunities creeping up. I also am excited about the conversations that we had about spirituality afterwards. It was great to be able to encourage him and hopefully help him think through a few things. Man, I love that. I love digging into Scripture and trying to apply its wisdom so that we please our Savior. It’s the best feeling you can ever have.

Hardest part of my day:

Kansas City had terrible traffic. And I was by the far the slowest car on the road, which meant I was going the speed limit. I ended up stuck in a middle lane with cars zooming in and out of me. I was listening to 1 Peter sermons on the way up to Nebraska and I realized how viscerally I was realizing that being faithful puts me out of step with the world. I’m not home here. I’ll never be at home here. I’m a sojourner going a different pace than most people. Thank God he lets me run the race with brothers and sisters in Christ. If I didn’t know anyone else running it with me, I’d never have gotten started or I’d at least have given up.

Favorite moment of the day:

I came home and within minutes of eating my parents and I were talking about spiritual things. I don’t know when it happened, but it felt so natural. I was never that one to start or even really engage in those things. But it was nice to just have parents who you can discuss meaningful topics with. I also watched the Avengers. So it’s great that there are some fun things to enjoy, but the word of God never fades. It’s permeation into my conversations is a welcome intrusion.

What was the weather like today?:

I was in a car all day. Nothing much to report. A bit rainy at some points?

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

Multiple times while driving, I was getting agitated, self-righteous, or just anxious about being the slowest car on the road. But that’s not the point. The point is to take joy in the trial of acting righteous for the sake of Christ. So it was hard work calming myself, and I frequently caught myself not driving for the right reasons. If that’s the case, then I may as well break the speed limit. Driving slow just to be slow isn’t a great thing. Driving slow to be faithful to Christ is absolutely what I am called to here.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – 2 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 – I was reading him and he was talking about television. First, a few things he gets right.

First, he gets right the idea that television and media in general is meant to make people experience things, not to think about them. This is problematic because it makes experience the god of a culture, and not the ability to process truth.

But he really, really gets wrong where television is at. He sees it as a reprieve, as an escape. He sees it as a way where we can go to a better life than what we have. But he totally missed the boat here, in my estimation. Just look at some of the most popular shows ever. They’re not escapes. They’re exacerbated realities. Do you feel like you’re life is meaningless? Just tune in to HBO and watch Game of Thrones and Westworld demonstrate how meaningless everything is. Does your life feel chaotic and absurd? Just tune in to your favorite sitcom to see your situations exponentially played out on screen.

In short, he sees TV as an opportunity for people to escape and in the process of escaping they end up conforming and pursuing the same dream. But in reality, the current shows seem like an opportunity for people to process what they’re feeling. The problem is that they’re processing their real feelings in a detached manner as they get to do it vicariously without confronting that which they’re afraid, upset, or agitated by. Wells did somewhat note that TV was evolving, but he didn’t nearly see how it would get to where it is today.

Another notable thing. Media in its short videos and soundbites is so easy to misconstrue. You can shape any narratives to the truth you desire, if you’re willing to put a bit of work in to it. Not even that much work, but just a bit. However, this is different from a print culutre. Because the nature of print tends to lend itself towards longer works to tie thoughts together, you are forced to read the entirety of something to get a cohesive thought. This makes it harder, not impossible but harder, to misconture or lack context for a statement or idea. This makes propoganda or the pomulgation of poor ideas harder to do.

Food for thought.

On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.

What was for dinner?:

Some kind of pork roast that my mom made with rice and bread and broccoli. Then cookies later.

Song of the day:

Everything I Own by Jason Gray – It’s like he was in my head. My lust had consumed me. What would I do to be pure? Whatever it took. What would I give? Everything I own.

Quote of the day:

“Your future no more hangs in the balance than Christ still hangs on a tree.” — Brad Wheeler

Loved how Brad phrased this. Our future is certain. Our salvation is being worked towards, but it’s not in question. It’s something to be revealed in its time as we meet the Lord face to face. But we need not fear the outcome? Why? Because you can’t find Christ still on a cross anywhere? Nor is he found in a grave? Nay! He’s risen and he sits at the right hand of the Father, and all those who become disciples of his, are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and join in a community of believers to live out his commands because of the love they have for Christ need not fear death. Ours is a secure future! What a joy!

Prayer of the day:

Lord, you own me. You have me. Help me to not be anxious or insecure. Take everything I own. Take all I have. Take what is needed to glorify your name. I’m tired of clinging to it. I don’t want to be one who forgets you. Help me desperately cling to knowledge of your truth and your personage so that come rain or shine, riches or poverty, I am equipped to proclaim the name of Christ and live for the blessing that will be mine one day. I am confident in your truth, Lord and run the race to receive the prize.

Amen.

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