So I’m reading Orrin Woodward’s new book, Resolved 13 Resolutions for Life. It’s a fascination look at how many legendary figures in history resolved to build lives of virtue through the simple practice of daily resolutions. Then he offers his take on 13 resolutions he’s made to live his life by. So of course I’m all over this book!
For George Washington, the big issue was developing character. Probably a lot of people today would be shocked to learn the challenges he faced and the work he had to do on himself.
Ben Franklin was perhaps the most brilliant of the early American revolutionaries, but in his younger years was widely despised for his arrogant manner. (Of course I couldn’t relate to this in the least!)
Theologian Jonathan Edwards devotedly wrote 70 resolutions and then read them once every week for the rest of his life. Orrin details this on page 20 of the introduction.
Which was the point I set the book down to begin my own list, which I will read every week, for the rest of my life.