It is that time of year when we start reflecting on our past year and resolve to do better. There are lists all over the Internet (what DID we do before Al Gore invented this?) with ideas for the “Top Ten” things to resolve for the new year.
I tend to make resolutions year round. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t remember all the things I’d like to change about myself! Some people find that strange. I’ve even wondered myself if there were others out there who made lists all year long – year in and year out – about things they have resolved to do, or not do as the case may be. Well, I recently discovered one such person. Many of you will know him already; he is one of the more well known Reformers in church history – Jonathan Edwards.
Now, don’t laugh! I know I’m well behind the times on this one. I know Edwards made his LAST of seventy written resolutions in August of 1723. I have been looking (briefly) at one of his bios, and have found that he lived his life strictly by these resolutions. So much so that historians have complained that his journals contained nothing of a humanistic, or geographical nature to them – they were all “religion”! Continue reading