I read a quote from Jonathan Edwards today. In 1722 on this day, Jonathan Edwards started to put together his life’s goals and called them resolutions.He would add to this list all his life and he ended up with about 70. It was a good list to read not only for the brilliance of Edwards, but for the repentance that it brings. Since this is a very popular thing to do in January, it is quite fitting to read this now. I hope that you will be drawn to Christ by reading this. -Cheers

Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing 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:

Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration.

Resolved, To do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

Resolved, Never to lose one moment of time, but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

Resolved, Never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

Resolved, To be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality.

Resolved, Never to do anything out of revenge.

Resolved, To maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.

Resolved, Never to do any thing, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.

Resolved, To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.

Resolved, To strive for my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion and to a higher exercise of grace, that I was the week before.

Resolved, To ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect done better.

Resolved, Frequently to renew my dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism, which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-3.

Resolved, Never to hence-forward, til I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely  and altogether God’s.

Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent when I come into the future world.

Resolved, Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.

Resolved, After afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.

Jonathan Edwards


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  1. Thanks for setting the bar so high, buddy. I mean, starting off 2009 with Edwards is like one day waking up saying “I’m going to run the Boston Marathon this year”! Actually it encouraged me to think through what I will be resolved to live for this year. I’m looking forward to working together with the Holy Spirit on this one.

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