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:
Ephesians 2:19 says: “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.”
I love how this verse highlights the opposite of the truth of the hopelessness of the Gentile people earlier in the chapter. They were aliens. Foreigners. And excluded and separate from Christ. But no longer. They are no longer foreigneres and aliens. Or should I say we? After all, I am a Gentile. We are no longer excluded! Hallelujah!
I also love how the local church is such a tangible, present reality of this promise. It’s meant to be that way and to be an expression of the reality of the household we belong to and the citizenship people have in Christ together. Glad for this truth.
Favorite meeting of the day:
ABF was fun today! I got to teach and I felt like it was fun to push and challenge some people on their reading of Galatians and, hopefully, expand their ability to read the passage. I was convicted and I felt that I taught truth. Hopefully it was received well!
Hardest part of my day:
Working in the nursery. Today was a shuffling kind of day in the kid department and I ended up in the nursery. Those young ones cry and are just a handful to work with. I don’t know how people deal with it sometimes. I just feel inept and I have no clue how to engage well with the kids. But I hope that I left some kind of mark on their lives, some small seed of faith.
Favorite moment of the day:
Watching the basketball game with Mario Moore, Talon Brando, and Brianna Leavell was fun! We watched Game 7 and had a lot of laughs. In particular, watching Talon try to set his nose to work as his fingerprint unlock for his phone was a great highlight! I could get used to him doing that more often.
What was the weather like today?:
I was barely outside today, to be honest. But it was a generally summer-like day.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
Drew came by to move things in and I found myself really lazy to not jump up and help move things at first. I offered to help and then had to realize that I was hoping he wouldn’t take me up on it. I really had to push myself to get up. That’s no bueno. I need to care about what others are doing more than my own comfort, which was exactly what I felt was compromised at that moment.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Ezra 1 & 2
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – He was talking about staying violent against our sin. I was reminded helpfully that the struggle is a lifelong one. I have to gear up for a lifelong battle and always be vigilant. I also have to remember though that my king never gives up on me during the battle. There’s never a moment, even when I’m the weakest flank in his army, that he never sends reserves and reinforcements my way.
We struggle with this because we inherently don’t feel like we are deserving of these reinforcements. We know that we’re unworthy and we can’t comprehend how God would find us worthy and we actually have a sick kind of comfort in making God like us and so we despair. But we’re more comfortable with God when he doesn’t come for us because we don’t have to face up to this God who we have sinned against.
But the proper theology of sin always pushes past sin to Jesus Christ and sees grace that abounds and a God who delights to show grace to people who don’t deserve it at all. And I can’t make up for my sin. I can’t whip myself into shape and add that to my repentance. That’s not the gospel. It’s not my efforts at holiness + repentance that make me okay with God again. It’s not two weeks without masturbation + repentance that make me okay. It’s just trusting God to be bigger than my sin and praying he’ll make me faithful to not lust after sin again that is all that matters. I bring nothing to the table and get everything. It’s miraculous, I don’t understand it, and I’m grateful for it. Immensely grateful. I need a Savior I don’t understand.
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?:
No real supper. But ate some thin mint cookies, strawberries, and a few candies while we watched the game. I tried to have a solid amount of strawberries so something good was in my system!
Song of the day:
Jesus is Alive by Josh Wilson – 3 words. Nothing sweeter than these words. May they ring in my ears forever. He lived and died and rose again and he’ll come back for me.
Quote of the day:
Can’t think of anything today.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, I praise you for who you are. I praise you because I don’t understand you. Thank you for laughter. Thank you for people to enjoy life with. Thank you for making me a member of your household. Let me never forget the goodness I am a recipient of and may I long after you with all my heart because of the riches of your grace that you delight to shower me in.