Odds and Ends: January 2019
Are you ready?
“It is a solemn thing to part company with the old year,” said J.C. Ryle (1816-1900), the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool. “It is a still more solemn thing to begin a new one. All before us is uncertain; we know not what a day may bring forth, much less what may happen in a year.”
Ryle offered this challenge for the days and months ahead: “Walk more closely with God, get nearer to Christ, seek to exchange hope for assurance. Oh that you may endeavor so to grow in grace every year, that your last things may be far more than your first, and the end of your Christian course far better than the beginning!”
“This is God’s universal purpose for all Christian suffering: more contentment in God and less satisfaction in the world.” —John Piper
American theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) became focused on his life’s purpose at age 19. The result was 70 resolutions, or commitments, he wrote down and then read every week for 35 years until his death.
Some of those resolutions include:
• To live with all my might while I do live.
• To study the Scriptures … steadily, constantly and frequently.
• Never to lose one moment of time.
• Never to do anything which I should despise or think meanly of in another.
• Never to do anything out of revenge.
• To let there be something of benevolence in all that I speak.
• Never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.