In 1723, Jonathan Edwards took a resolute approach to the start of a New Year. He wrote out seventy resolutions regarding good works, time management, relationships, suffering, character, the motification of sin, self-examination, his overall life mission, and more. And then he wrote, “I resolve to read over these resolutions once a week.”
Making New Year’s resolutions is a common practice. But too often we start the year with a bang of firm intention and end twelve months later with a whimper of sad regrets.
What’s needed is steadfastness in at least three categories: the stewardship of our time, talent and treasure, plus a timely reminder that all of life is a sacred trust we must resolve for the glory of God.