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:
Joshua 9:6-7 says: “Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the Israelites, “We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.” The Israelites said to the Hivites, “But perhaps you live near us, so how can we make a treaty with you?””
I am struck by how the Israelites were properly wary of the fact that they shouldn’t make treaties with the locals as they were entering the land. You even see them here being wary. But finally they know the Lord, but don’t actually act on that. They are casual about it and the rest is history as they pay the price for this first really infamous breach of not doing all the Lord has commanded. May we learn from them and be vigilant, sharp, and when we feel that something is amiss may we be faithful to God’s word in all that we strive for.
Favorite meeting of the day:
No real meetings today. Cole Penick was fun to get lunch with. I am just realizing some of the apathetic malaise that I have fallen into recent weeks. I think that has really broken in these past few days! Praise God for that! I just felt more energetic and alert and my mind seemed to be working again after kind of feeling stuck in the mud for a bit.
Hardest part of my day:
Getting allergic reactions to a cat that Evan Hegel had at his new place.
Favorite moment of the day:
I want to say that it was I was insanely productive today at work. I loved it. I felt really valuable and I was pretty locked in all day getting stuff done and I liked it! That was great!
But I also need to give a shoutout to the kitten, yes the one that caused me some allergies, who was basically grabbing my thumb while sleeping and squeezing it with claws. Cats are evil, but kittens are pretty adorable.
What was the weather like today?:
It was a summer day. Nothing insane or crazy about it.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I cancelled a meeting that I sometimes have with one of the people at BlueSun and it’s been too many cancelled meetings. I think I’ve made them feel not very important, which is understandable. I need to do a better job of moving things around to make them feel like I’m committed to training them and getting them equipped to do more work. I currently feel like it is too easy to just shirk off that meeting.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Job 1-4
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle – Not a whole lot here really to digest. But I will say that I’m struck that it seems like people who take holiness seriously in any age all kind of sound the same. I just am reminded that Christianity is a constant warfare to reform. It’s constantly calling us back to the basics of our faith so that we can be faithful. I’m realizing that my burning passions are quite old passions and instincts and have been trumpeted by very holy and righteous and concerned men in the past. And there will be future men and women who will do likewise. Praise God for this reality though, for it means God’s word is always speaking to some people, somewhere.
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper – No reading for this tonight.
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis – Seeing Ransom stand before Oyarsa and acknowledge how “bent” his race is and that if all 3 must die to protect Malacandra is stunning. It’s exactly what is needed in our lives. We have to realize that our deaths would not be a terrible or unwarranted thing. But it’s in this very realization that Oyarsa declares that he has hope to go to Maleldil! A striking image.
What was for dinner?:
Pizza with Evan Hegel and Connor Davey while we played some Halo 1.
Song of the day:
Splinters and Stones by Hillsong United – I really like some of the imagery they do with John 8 where the accusers drop their stones one by one and love counts the cost that our sins are left uncharged. Good work and a beautiful song.
Quote of the day:
“If just one percent could change their preconceptions of “space” to “heavens” then we’d have done something wonderful.” — Ransom
This is a paraphrase of the book by Lewis. But we’re not trying to win everyone. We’re trying to find the ones that are willing to consider if what we think is empty and bleak is really full and brimming with life. A life that we would do well to start looking for and consider and perhaps even be enlivened by.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, let me rage against the nations as they rage against you! Help me not to seek to overthrow your shackles and fetters. Because nothing is better to be indebted to than grace. You are my King. I want to be yours fully and truly. I want people to see a God in my life and tremble at the thought of it because no giant can stand against this mighty God who comes at me. Though I may have but stones and a staff, I will stand against the mightiest enemy. Lord, I cannot promise you perfection. But I can promise you affection. I can promise you effort. I can promise you that I will not go to my grave full and happy and lazy. I will go to my grave wanting just one more breath to declare your great love that counted the cost on my behalf.