Last night, to bring in the new year, me and Alicia read Jonathan Edward's Resolutions. They are 70 resolutions that he wrote when he was 19 years old. They were written between 1722 and 1723. He prefaces them with an exhortation to read them once a week. Edwards was as God-enthralled as a human can be. We can learn a lot from his life and writing, both theologically and practically. I wanted to post several of the ones that really convicted the trash out of me:
4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can possibly avoid it.
5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom and hell.
17. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
20. Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.
22. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness in the other world as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigor, and vehemenence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.
24. Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back till I come to the original cause; and then both carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.
28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of them.
30. Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.