Of Resolutions and New Years

I’m not big on new years resolutions; at least how most people use them. It’s always some new thing to do, something they should have been doing all along, like spending more time with family, working out, having fun, etc., but then it falls down after a short time. It seems as though new year resolutions are meant to be broken!

At the same time, I think we should make resolutions to live by all the time come new year or old. A while ago when I was reading a book by John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life, I came across his discussion of Jonathan Edwards’ resolutions he made as a young man. While I am not a particular fan of Edwards, I was impressed with this: he made a list of resolutions of how he would live his life, the ones Piper quoted having to do with finding satisfaction in God.

I have since made a set of resolutions that I edit and add to occasionally, a little over a page of text now. All of them have something to do with living life for God. What I like about this is that God seems to teach us lessons in life, lessons that are learned over entire seasons of our lives, taking months or years or even decades, and if we have a set of succinct statements of what we are living for and add to it what God has taught us and what He wants from us as time goes on, it can prevent us from forgetting them, and encourage us to put what He teaches us into real life practice.

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