Today was a convicting day. I was listening to Mark Dever preach his overview sermon of Proverbs. It is challenging because I have felt burned out lately. I have missed deadlines, which I don’t like to do and I just haven’t been as all around productive as I would like to be or I should be. Proverbs has many things to say about the sluggard, and I fear that I fit too many of those qualifications. Today, with the Lord’s help, I would like to start to change. I would like to be a man that glorifies God in my life, my words and my actions.
I recently read “The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards”, and was inspired and humbled by the life of this man. In an effort to emulate him and to glorify God, I have resolved myself to keep a set of my own maxims. Some will be identical to Edwards’ others might be similar and I expect that I will have a few that are unique to me. I pray that the Lord might give me the wisdom to write them well and the grace to keep them.
While I do not know yet what this blog will fully become, this is where I will store them and recount my life as I strive to keep them. These are the first reolutions, I will add to this as I see the need.
Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.
Resolved, that I should always remember that any effort to keep these are not by my own strength, but the strength of Him who died for me.
Resolved that if I should ever fail to keep these resolutions that I will immediately repent of all that I can remember when I come to myself again.
Resolved, that I will endeavor to keep my word in all aspects of my life and to only commit myself to that which I can keep.
Resolved, that when I feel my burden is too great, to think instead and focus on the cross.
This will stop the list for the time being so that I might strive to keep #4.