The resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

You’ve probably heard of Jonathan Edwards, but you might not know that even to this day, many modern people consider Edwards the most important American theologian and Christian thinker.

Why do I bring this up? There is much to glean from the documented habits of this prolific scholar. I have encountered his 70 resolutions several times over the years, and each time I am enlightened and stirred up. True, I am a practicing Christian, but I think much inspiration and insight can be gleaned for anyone from this list of provoking ideals.

Here are a few to get you started:

  1. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
  1. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
  1. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.
  1. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
  1. Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect have done better.
  1. 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.

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