General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS
*On December 6, 1849, at age 20, William Booth, the cofounder of The Salvation Army, wrote a set of resolutions which he maintained throughout his life. After his death the faded document was found among his papers. These resolutions signify how Booth in his early days committed himself to pursue the life of holiness in practical and daily manner.
- That I will rise every morning sufficiently early to wash, dress, and have a few minutes, not less than 5, in private prayer.
- That I will, as much as possible, avoid all that babbling and idle talk in which I have lately so sinfully indulged.
- That I will endeavor in my conduct and deportment before the world and my fellow servants especially to conduct myself as a humble, meek and zealous follower of Christ, and by serious conversation and warning endeavor to lead them to think of their immortal souls.
- That I will read no less than four chapters in God’s Word every day.
- That I will strive to live closer to God, and to seek after holiness of heart and leave providential events with God.
- That I will read over this every day or at least twice a week.
“God help me, enable me to cultivate a spirit of self-denial and to yield myself a prisoner of love to the redeemer of the world.”
“I feel my own weakness, and without God’s help I shall not keep these resolutions. The Lord have mercy upon my guilty soul.”