Daily Diary – 5/24/18

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:

Leviticus 18:2-3 says: ““Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.”

Sometimes I need to be reminded that we live in a certain way not because it is great for human flourishing, although that is true. But we live in holiness mostly because of those famous words, “I am the Lord your God.” That’s why we do it. Because we have a God and we want to reflect him. When we don’t live as we’ve been called to, it’s essentially telling the world that Jesus Christ doesn’t have the power in our lives that we claim he does.

This isn’t just a matter of personal flourishing. This is a matter of proclaiming God. I need to remind myself of that, because if I think it’s just about me and my own flourishing then eventually my strength fails and I sin again. But if I think it’s bigger than me, I find an odd reservoir of strength to continue in purity.

Favorite meeting of the day:

No meetings today.

Hardest part of my day:

Man, what a sluggish morning. I let myself sleep in today and I slept in tuntil noon. I didn’t realize I was that tired. But it made the rest of the day hard to get in a groove although I did get some good work done in the afternoon, I thought.

Favorite moment of the day:

Had a chest high layout at ultimate practice. That was pretty awesome! It was my first one of the season and it felt good to get out there and fly around. Something about flying through the air is addicting.

What was the weather like today?:

So nice! We got that post-rain weather where it’s pretty cool and nice out. Thankful that the Lord gives us gorgeous weather to be in.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

Maybe just the slow start? Part of it was that I also scrolled through my phone for a bit when I woke up. I could have gotten to work a bit quicker.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – 2 Chronicles 29-31

Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this today.

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

Holiness by J.C. Ryle – No reading for this today.

What was for dinner?:

Subway black forest ham. $5 and only about 750 calories! After a low calorie day and a lot of running at ultimate, I’ll take that.

Song of the day:

Hallelujah, What A Savior by Ascend the Hill – I love this song. The last verse with the silent start and the build was great stuff. Just been enjoying it a lot lately.

Quote of the day:

“This is the wrath of God being poured out.” — Albert Mohler

In the wake of all this recent SBC news, Albert is sending some pretty heavy messages out about this. I think he’s right. I think we need to wake up. His idea that Baptists won confessional faithfulness only to lose moral faithfulness does ring somewhat true. I know it doesn’t always have to be one or the other, and, Lord willing, it will become more and more that we have both. But all this news is heartbreaking. And as we are a denomination that people watch so closely, I only hope that with the upcoming convention that we comport ourselves in a way that honors God well. We need to do soemthing. We need to change something. God is bringing things to light and clearly wants a humbled response from us, I have no doubt.

Prayer of the day:

Oh Lord, you are our God. What we do reflects you. Please help us to live lives that are undefiled. That are holy. Lord, help us to remember that this is not finally for our own benefit, but for your praise and your glory. You have saved us. You were lifted up to die and finished a fight that nobody else could even really fathom how to go to war against. You are worthy of our lives. Help us to live in a way that

Amen.

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