With the start of a new year, we reflect on the previous year and determine what changes we’d like to make in our priorities. We then establish resolutions for how we want to improve ourselves with each New Year. Typical resolutions include eating fewer carbs, spending more time at the gym, and sticking to our proposed budgets.
As I consider my own resolutions, I’m looking to Jonathan Edwards as an example in forming worthy pursuits. This Puritan pastor of the 1700s created a list of seventy inspiring resolutions he committed himself to. From this list, Resolution No. 3 stands out for me:
“Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.”