Jonathan Edwards wrote 70 resolutions in the early part of the 18th century.  If one is desirous of living a humble life focused on the things of God, reading over his resolutions is a good thing to do.

George Washington was not regarded as a deep Christian thinker.  His religious beliefs have been debated for decades, and it is not disputed that he was a freemason.  That said, God makes use of both Christian and pagan to accomplish His will.  Washington wrote 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior as a young man and endeavored to live according to these rules of decency.

Over the next couple of weeks I will share some of both Edwards’ and Washington’s words.

Washington, Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior: 1 – 10

  1. Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.
  2. When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usually Discovered.
  3. Show Nothing to your Friend that may affright him.
  4. In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.
  5. If You Cough, Sneeze, Sigh, or Yawn, do it not Loud but Privately; and Speak not in your Yawning, but put Your handkerchief or Hand before your face and turn aside.
  6. Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not when others stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not on when others Stop.
  7. Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Dressed.
  8. At Play and at Fire its Good manners to Give Place to the last Commer, and affect not to Speak Louder than Ordinary.
  9. Spit not in the Fire, nor Stoop low before it neither Put your Hands into the Flames to warm them, nor Set your Feet upon the Fire especially if there be meat before it.
  10. When you Sit down, Keep your Feet firm and Even, without putting one on the other or Crossing them.


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