15. Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger towards irrational beings.
29. Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession, which I cannot hope God will accept.
43. Resolved, never henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s
46. Resolved, never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness at my father or mother. Resolved to suffer no effects of it, so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eye: and to be especially careful of it with respect to any of our family.
53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer.
58. Resolved, not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation; but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness and benignity.
Let there be something of benevolence in all that I speak.*
He was the president of a little school called Princeton, a brilliant and humble preacher whom the Lord used to touch countless lives. He wrote seventy resolutions, but for the sake of my small, untrained 2011 brain, I have only included a handful. Something to aspire to in 2012, eh? And we thought losing weight and saying thank you more were good goals...
*Taken from The Life and Diary of David Brainerd. Edited by Jonathan Edwards, including a biographical sketch of Jonathan Edwards by Philip E. Howard, Jr.