Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday's Resolution {Omissions}

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."


27. Resolved, never willfully to omit anything, except the omission be for the glory of God; and frequently to examine my omissions.

According to dictionary.com, an omission is "something left out, not done, or neglected." If you're anything like me, on any given day, your to do list might be littered with extensive omissions. 

How's a busy lady to get it all done? 

I think the real answer is that we can't. So, how do we assess what ought to be omitted, and avoid living haphazardly and allowing the important things to slide?

Jonathan Edwards resolved never to willfully (read: on purpose) omit something, unless if it was to the glory of God. 

Does the glory of God come to mind as we filter through our agendas? Too often I must admit that in my case, it does not. 

Questions to ask whilst planning and executing my days:

Have I put time with the Lord first? Have I been in the Word, and communed with Him in prayer?

Does my current "to do" list line up with God's calling on my life? Am I putting Him, and the family He has given me to serve, in first place? Or are the most important people in my life being pushed to the back burner by superfluous tasks?

What am I neglecting? Do my priorities and the way I spend my time need rearranging to include them? Or is God most glorified in my omission of these things at this time? 

Is it the appropriate time to devote to this task, or would it be better saved for another? Examples: should I continue to do the dishes, or drop them for now to read books to my cranky child? Is nap time best spent today on internet projects, or ironing my husband's shirts? 

Are you intentionally thinking through the duties that you do and don't do each day? What tasks have you willfully omitted lately for the glory of God? 

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