It's that time of year again where people will be making their annual New Year's resolutions. Typically people make resolutions along the lines of eating healthier, exercising more, reading more, etc. Whether you make resolutions or not it is always important to identify areas of your life in which you need growth and improvement. While matters of physical health are important, our spiritual health should always be our top priority. As you make your resolutions this year here are some from the great 18thcentury pastor and theologian Jonathan Edwards. These were not New Year's resolutions Edwards made for a single year, but instead lifelong principles that guided his entire life.
Here are some of my favorites…
5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
13. Resolved, to be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality.
Interacting with Others:
14. Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.
15. Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger to irrational beings.
21. Resolved, never to do anything, 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.
Living Life to the Fullest:
6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.
52. I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age.
55. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments.
69. Resolved, always to do that, which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it.
28. 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.
29. Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession, which I cannot hope God will accept.
34. Resolved, in narrations never to speak anything but the pure and simple verity.
67. 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.
For the complete list of Edwards' resolutions you can go to this link: