when is the year no longer new?

February 13, 2012

Now that it’s February I thought I’d dust off the blog and get to writing a little.

I’ve heard it said that we always find time for the things we really want to do… well, maybe.  Would that mean that we never find time for the things we don’t want to do?   I hardly think so.  Paul didn’t think so either (see Romans 7).  It is true that our hearts have competing affections and sometimes the competition is so fierce that we become paralyzed with indecision.   Truth is most of us don’t really know what it is we actually want and when we do we have trouble articulating it in concrete terms.  So how does this help us move forward with personal and organizational goals in 2012?  How are those resolutions working out for you so far?

I’ve had a personal interest in the thoughts of Jonathan Edwards since I was in the 9th grade.  This will floor some of you no doubt, but in a public high school in 1989ish my English class read “Sinners in the Hands of and Angry God.”  Do any of my fellow classmates from Trinity High School remember this? (yes the name is Trinity and no it isn’t a Christian school).  While it is amazing to think that the school board allowed such religious literature to be studied, all  I remember is my teacher painting him only in terms of a fire and brimstone preacher who condemned everyone to hell.  Those of you that have read Edwards for yourself know this to be a ridiculously small caricature of  “the greatest mind ever produced on American soil.”

Fast forward to 2003 and I was taking a course on the Theology of Jonathan Edwards by John Gerstner at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary while my wife was great with child number 1.  We both agreed that Jonathan Horn had a nice ring to it but both for different reasons.  At the ripe old age of 19ish Edwards wrote 70 resolutions (you can read them all here) that he would endeavor to keep for the rest of his life.  All of them are worth reading and reflecting on but these two I find especially relevant:

17. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is,
which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my
forces against it.

We are well into 2012, the Super Bowl is over (thank God!) and politicians are jockeying for your affections… we’ve been reminded again of the vapor that is this frail life in the passing of singing icon Whitney Houston… so “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” to the One who makes all things new.

God speed!


3 Responses to “when is the year no longer new?”

  1. “Sons are as arrows in a man’s youth. Happy is the man who has a quiver full.” : )

  2. Mike Says:

    Well said amigo – as always. We are indeed Pilgrims in this life … may God help us remember it this moment, this day … the year can take care of itself…

    Love you guys!

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