Edwards came up with 70 resolutions by which he sought to live every aspect of his life, spiritual, physical and relational. They included:
Resolved, Never to do any thing, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise Him for, or to think any way the more meanly of Him.
Resolved, Never hence-forward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s
Resolved, Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.
I admit to feeling defeated by the idea of living up to 70 resolutions. To some extent we can excuse ourselves for having a different personality (Edwards spent many hours alone, studying and praying) and living in a different time. But the challenge remains to take up my cross daily to show, by my life, that I have resolved to follow Christ more than any thing or any other.
Perhaps, inspired by Jonathan Edwards 70 Resolutions, I need to embrace the pragmatism of Boots’ annual challenge to Change One Thing.