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Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday's Resolution {Always Endeavoring}

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We are picking apart Jonathan Edward's 70 Resolutions, one week and one resolution at a time. Don't forget to start where he did- "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."

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things. 

My paraphrase:

2. Resolved, to be always striving to discover new means and methods for accomplishing Resolution #1. 

In case if you missed Resolution #1 last week, it involved striving to do whatever would most glorify God- promoting personal good, happiness, and profit; fulfilling the duties required of us; and laboring to do that which is of most profit to mankind in general. No matter the cost of time, no matter the obstacles, always and forever.

In Resolution #2, we are confronted with the reality that the Christian faith is not a stagnant one. We must always, continually, constantly, incessantly be striving after deeper knowledge of God and personal holiness.

What if every day I woke up and asked what new way I could pursue glorifying God and fulfilling my duty as a Christian, wife, and mom?

What if I was always looking for new methods of loving and serving God and others?

We must never be content with what we've already been or done. We must never rest on the laurels of yesterday's accomplishments.

Every day is a new day, a new day in which we must strive and endeavor after God and all things good.

Today (and every day) I must evaluate and ask myself:
-In what ways do I need to improve?
-What have I been doing poorly and how can I change it?
 -In what new ways can I show honor to the Lord today? Serve, love, and submit to Niall? Train, love, and teach S?
-Am I seeking the LORD with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength; or is my heart divided by love of the world?

As fallen human sinners, we tend to go into autopilot. Get out of bed, feed children, do housework, prepare meals, tackle laundry mountains, etc. Sometimes we slip into patterns of habit and thought, and get stuck in the rut of never thinking about tomorrow, the future, eternity...

We are creatures of habit.

Yet the LORD calls us to do all to His glory. To run the race with endurance, laying aside every hindrance. This requires daily commitment, and daily endeavoring. Fresh every day.

Do you challenge yourself to daily find new ways of glorifying God? Are you faithfully pursuing His calling on your life today?

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