Saturday, January 17, 2009

Resolved


Jonathan Edwards was a man who made resolutions, though not in the form of New Year's resolutions. In his long list of resolutions he included:

Resolved, to live with all my might while I do live;

Resolved, never to lose one moment of time, but improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can;

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;

Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge;

Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

These are fantastic resolutions, regarding eternity. The last one is particularly meaningful. Let's tweak it a bit, to say, "Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish had done as I ponder this earthly life for the rest of eternity."

Now THAT thought is a game-changer, is it not?!

What a wonderful way to live. Let us do our best to keep in mind that the choices we make, the things we do, the way we use our time & money, the opportunities we have with others, and every other aspect of this life are more important than we know. So important, actually, that we'll have eternity to pore over them.

Are you going to be pleased about what you're doing today, then?

5 comments:

  1. "Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die."

    I like that resolution. I made some big mistakes that a Christian probably should not make last year in 2008, and I regret it. But I would like to take on this resolution for the rest of my life. Good post. Keep it up in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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  2. Chris G.,

    I love your honest spirit, man. Keep it up. Hang in there, brother. Forgot about what's been done, and move on forward in Him. He'll give you the strength. It's all about Him. Keep eternity in mind, and live for Him.

    I've made my own mistakes as of late. Let's move forward - all of us. The world needs us.

    "Greater things have yet to come..."

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  3. Are you going to be pleased about what you're doing today, then?

    Brother, I am oft not pleased with the terrible amount of me that remains and finds its way into my day to day!

    But I trust Him who began a good work in me to bring it onto completion!

    And while I wait for the day that I will be like Him (and free from this body of death!) I am slowly learning what it means to live for Him!

    A good verse to keep your eyes on eternity...

    “And now dear brothers, continue in him so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming!”

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