As a teenager Jonathan Edwards wrote out 70 resolutions for his life. That’s far more ambitious than most of us would be, even at this time of year. It’s perhaps another indicator that the man possessed one of the greatest minds in Western History, not just in the Church.
It’s a heavy list, which he would review every week to track progress. It includes resolutions around the spiritual life, character, suffering and relationships, including a mention towards not fretting his parents!
You may not think it important to make resolutions, but it is critical to be resolved. Edwards starts out all his resolutions with the word ‘Resolved’ which simply means ‘Firm in purpose or intent’. May that adjective describe your life this year, and may the direction of that intent always be Christ: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21).
Edwards 6th resolution is the shortest:
‘Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live‘
*Thanks to Crystal Park Baptist Church for the picture