2020新年《愛德華滋的立志》The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

《愛德華滋的立志》The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

(愛德華滋還是青少年時,照當時年輕人會做的,寫下他的立志,之後每星期至少一次重讀這些話,操練他的生命。後來他成為偉大的神學家,以及神使用來帶起北美洲第一波大覺醒的器皿。) Resolved: I will DO whatever I think will be most to God’s glory;
and my own good, profit and pleasure, for as long as I live.
I will do all these things without any consideration of the time they take.
Resolved: to do whatever I understand to be my duty and will provide
the most good and benefit to mankind in general. Resolved to do this,
whatever difficulties I encounter,
and no matter how many I experience or how severe they may be.
立志去做任何我認為最能榮耀神,
對我最有益處、最合適、最令我喜悅的事;
只要我活著,我定意去做這些事,無論需要花多少時間。
立志去做就我所了解是我的責任並能對人類提供最大好處的事。
立志去做這些事,無論將經歷多艱巨、多嚴苛的困難。

Resolved: I will continually endeavor to find new ways
to practice and promote the things from Resolution above.
立志繼續努力去發現新的方法,來操練並促進前面這項立志。

Resolved: Never lose one moment of time;
but seize the time to use it in the most profitable way I possibly can.
立志絕不損失一刻鐘,乃要盡我所能,
以最有價值的方式善用時間。

Resolved: Never to do anything which I would be afraid to do
if it were the last hour of my life.
立志絕不去做,若那是我生命中最後一個小時,
我就不敢去做的事。

Resolved: To think much, on all occasions, about my own dying,
and of the common things which are involved with and surround death.
立志在各種場合中,多多思想我的死亡,
以及牽涉到死亡、圍繞著死亡的一般情事。

Resolved: When I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom – both of Jesus
and of Believers around the world; and remind myself of the reality of hell.
立志在我感覺痛苦時,想到殉道士,包括主耶穌以及
世界各地的信徒,所遭受的痛苦;也提醒我自己,地獄的真實性。

Resolved: Never to do anything out of revenge.
立志絕不存報復心理來做事。

Resolved: To maintain the wisest and healthiest practices
in my eating and drinking.
立志要在飲食上,持守最有智慧、最健康的操練。

 

 

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