/**/ The Purposeful Wife: Monday's Resolution {To Live Mightily}

Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday's Resolution {To Live Mightily}

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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."

6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live. 

My paraphrase:

6. Resolved, to live mightily (not lazily!), with all of my strength and gusto, while I am alive.

By nature, I am a laid-back, West-coaster, passive kind of gal. Every personality type has strengths and weaknesses.

My strengths include: taking time to smell the roses, spontaneity, and flexibility.

My big, giant, numero-uno sin struggle??? Laziness.

Are you surprised? I hope so- because by the grace of God, He has given me much victory in areas of self-discipline.

But, oh, by nature, I would be content to spend much of my day, every day, seated on a comfy couch, cup of tea in my hand, and a book or movie in front of me. I am just plain lazy.

This makes Resolution six a toughie for me. To live mightily? To exude energy and appetite for Christ-exalting, self-abasing, super-empowered living??? It's just not in me.

Praise the Lord that I am no longer my natural woman, but a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)! Because Christ lives in me, today, by His grace, I can resolve to live mightily!

Today, I am resolving with Jonathan Edwards, to live with all of my might while I do live.

To not let a single moment pass me by in lackadaisical carelessness. To love God, and to work for Him while I am able- serving my husband and my daughter, diligently keeping our home (which needs quite a bit of attention after a lazy weekend!), and finding ways to love and serve others.

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (the grave), to which you are going." Ecclesiastes 9:10

"Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God." Jim Elliot, Christian missionary and martyr. 

 How are you living life mightily and "to the hilt" today?


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