I am big fan of starting the new year with newness. My birthday is January 3 and this year I am turning 40. So I am trying to make some resolutions. I have often read The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards and been inspired/overwhelmed.
Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ's sake.
Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.
1. 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 so ever.
That is 1 of 70. The 70th says " Let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak."
While I do not propose to be as eloquent or as ambitious about my resolutions, I am hoping to adopt a few significant changes to my life. The first is a single word, Less -doing less, having less, spending less. All in the hopes of having more - more time, more freedom, more joy. The other change was gleaned from reading Calm my anxious heart, it is "Never complain about anything, not even the weather" (you can ask me about this in August).