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 51:1-2 says: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin”
Talking this through with Terry Irwin at lunch and he made the interesting comment that David here is entering a song of lament, which usually involves a cry to the Lord followed by some kind of problem/grievance. But the interesting thing about this Psalm is that David doesn’t present an external problem. His problem for this whole psalm is his own transgressions. He is his own problem.
That’s a powerful lesson we would all do well to learn from. We are our own problem. Sin haunts us and tries to lure us into captivity. And apart from Christ, that’s exactly what we do. Even with Christ, we’re still tempted.
May we lament our sin, admit our ineptitude, and cling to the cross of Christ to carry us to the Father where we our lament can find faith to trust and hope and become praise.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Lunch with Terry was good. We talked about Psalm 51 a lot, as already highlighted.
Hardest part of my day:
Just being on the run all day. No concentrated time to sit down and get a lot of any single work done. But it was nice to feel busy and even if it wasn’t concentrated amounts of work, I feel that I tried to do what was in front of me faithfully.
Favorite moment of the day:
Sitting around a fire with Ryan and Ashlyn Gulbranson, Aric and Maggie Powers, Bradley Herschend, and Ethan Bolthouse was a good Friday night. Time went by in a blur. I decided to leave my phone inside my backpack after riding my bike there. I lost track of time in all the best ways possible.
What was the weather like today?:
Very nice. About 85 degrees. Were it not for client meetings, I’d have been in a tanktop all day!
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I probably should have tried to push for deeper conversations around the fire with friends. We talked about a lot of silly things. I wish I would have asked them what God was doing in their lives. But there will hopefully be time for that another night.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Chronicles 13-15
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – No reading for this tonight.
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 tonight.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle – I started this randomly because I was waiting for Guy at UBC so we could run through some things for drums this coming Sunday. He had some poignant thoughts. Most notably, he asserted to that to be raised high we must understand the depths to which we have fallen. I also appreciated how he pointed out how it is quite a natural and fairly easy thing to be Godly out in public, particularly amongst the Saints. It is quite another thing to be holy in the privacy of one’s own home. That should be the key barometer of our holiness.
I think I’m going to enjoy this book. I need to pay Ryan back for it on Sunday since I was just planning on reading the first chapter, but it was so good that I wanted to keep it.
What was for dinner?:
S’mores around a campfire. Good dinner, I know. 🙂
Song of the day:
True Love by Phil Wickham – When blood and water hit the ground, walls we couldn’t move came crumbling down. I am enjoying this song. You could nitpick apart some of the things in it, I’m sure. But Phil Wickham has a way of singing emotionally charged songs without sacrificing objective truth within it. I also like the beginning and end, “come close and listen to the story.” We must listen to the story and let it reflect our lives.
Quote of the day:
“I would totally make a comfy coat out of those Dalmations.” — Bradley Herschend
Petting a rabbit whose fur was soft made us realize Cruella DeVille may have been on to something. Bradley with the money quote to sum up how we find her much more sympathetic. Those dalmations would have made a good coat, people.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, thank you for the redemption of a day where I tried to be faithful to you. I pray that I pray for others. Restore unto me the joy of your salvation. Help me to strive. Do not let me be lured back to prior sin in my life. Help me to take seriously my sin. Help me to be laid low so that I may be raised up to breathtaking heights. God, thank you for friends that give good Friday night shenanigans to enjoy. May I be a good steward of opportunities to pour into the lives of those around me and not just be lazy towards these things. You are good, Lord. Help me to love you as much as I want to say I love you. Make my words and actions a reality that powerfully reflect you to anyone watching.