It’s a new year! And it’s that time of year when people are embarking on their New Year’s resolutions, to improve their lives. I’ve been there and done that. But what often happens is that these resolution are often abandoned as soon as they begin. Perhaps we may delve into a number of reasons for why most people do not see their resolutions through. But we won’t go there.
I believe in resolutions. They have helped me over the years. Resolutions are nothing more than the goals we set for ourselves, whether short-term or long-term. The men and women we consider heroes were disciplined people. They had resolved to make changes in their lives, to achieve different results than what they were used to. One such person is Jonathan Edwards, that great New England pastor-theologian and philosopher of the 18th century.
While completing his schooling and ministerial training, a young Jonathan Edwards wrote his 70 Resolutions during the years 1722 and 1723, which would order the rest of his life. Edwards prefaces his Resolutions:
“Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.
Remember to read over these resolutions once a week.” (You’ll find the rest of his Resolutions here)
Over the next couple of days I will be examining briefly two of Edwards’ Resolutions that I believe are worth our consideration, with the intent of providing some wind for our sails.