Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jonathan Edwards' Resolutions

I wanted to share something that I am reading which I was blessed and challenged by. Jonathan Edwards, a well known pastor and great man of the faith from the 1700's, developed a set of seventy resolutions as standards for his own life. He desired to read them once a week and constantly commit his life to them. They are taken from Edward's book "Life and Diary of David Brainerd". Here are a few of them that stood out to me and I also want to live my life by. I hope they bless you.

5. Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can.
6. To live with all my might while I do live.
7. Never to do anything which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.
8. To act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.
9. To think much, on all occasions, of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.
10. When I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom and hell.
17. That I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
20. To maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.
22. To endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the might, power, vigor, and vehemence, yea, violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way...
37. To inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent; what sin I have committed; and wherein I have denied myself.
55. To endeavor, to my utmost, so to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments.
58. Not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation; but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness, and benignity.
61. That I will not give way to that listlessness which I find unbends and relaxes my mind from being fully and fixedly set on religion, whatevre excuse I may have for it.
63. On the supposition that there never was to be but one individual in the world at any one time who was properly a complete Christian... to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time.