“Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.”
- Jonathan Edwards, Resolutions
Quote of the Day.
Today’s quote is one of the life resolutions set by Jonathan Edwards, the famed Puritan minister. His list of resolutions was begun when he was just 19 years old and about to embark on his preaching career.
Cultural trendiness in our nation is to come up with a handfull of resolutions that we work on, usually half-heartedly and with no accountability, for the next 12 months – then we move on to something new. In contrast, Edwards had a list of 70 resolutions and he used them to guide the entirety of his life.
This alone is a remarkable feat, but then you read what his resolutions were and discover they are remarkable in themselves. One of the first listed is the above (his resolution #5): “Resolved, never to lose one moment of time.”
Despite being young at the time, Edwards realized 2 things:
- He had a finite, unknown amount of time available in his life
- He could grasp opportunities that arose, or they would pass him by
In short, Edwards realized he only had so-much God-given time and only so-many God-given opportunities available to accomplish something with his life – and he resolved himself to make the most of both.
Interestingly, these observations about life are still true for the rest of us! In the 255 years since Edwards’s passing, we STILL have a limited amount of time available to us and opportunities STILL do not wait around indefinitely.
As you spend this Sunday relaxing, take some time to decide what YOUR resolutions will be for the next 12 months. Then take a note from Jonathan Edwards and write them down. Never lose one moment!
About Jonathan Edwards: Jonathan Edwards (1703 – 1758) was a Puritan minister and theologian best-known today for his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. His Resolutions were originally passed around New England as a tract for life guidance and faith encouragement for young people and they are still published in various forms today.
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