What sort of New Year’s resolutions do you make? It would be hard to find a btter list than some of the seventy (70) resolutions made by Jonathan Edwards. Here are fifteen (15) of them:
- 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 any thing, 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 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 to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher excercise of grace, than 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 have done better.
- Resolved, Frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism.
- Resolved, Never hence-forward, till 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.