Editor's note:

Who says you need to wait until January 1 to make resolutions? Some are so good, they’re worth making every day.

We have discovered a new release from Paraclete Press of Clyde Kilby’s writings from which we would like to share a small excerpt with you today. 

Dr. Clyde Kilby was known to many as an early, long and effective champion of C. S. Lewis, and the founder of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, IL, for the study of the works of Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and other members of the Inklings. Less known is that Dr. Kilby was also an apologist in his time for arts, aesthetics and beauty, particularly among Evangelicals.

At the beginning of this latest collection of his writings on The Arts and the Christian Imagination is a delightful and refreshing list of “11 Resolutions to Guide Life.” We offer a few of these below to whet your appetite.

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Excerpt from The Arts and the Christian Imagination

At least once a day I shall look steadily up at the sky and remember that I, a consciousness with a conscience, am on a planet traveling in space with wonderfully mysterious things above and about me.

I shall not fall into the falsehood that this day, or any day, is merely another ambiguous and plodding twenty-four hours, but rather a unique event, filled, if I so wish, with worthy potentialities. I shall not be fool enough to suppose that trouble and pain are wholly evil parentheses in my existence.

I shall not demean my own uniqueness by envy of others. I shall stop boring into myself to discover what psychological or social categories I might belong to. Mostly I shall simply forget about myself and do my work.

I shall not allow the devilish onrush of this century to usurp all my energies but will instead, as Charles Williams suggest, “fulfill the moment as the moment.” I shall try to live well just now because the only time that exists is now.   

If for nothing more than the sake of a change of view, I shall assume my ancestry to be from the heavens rather than the caves.

Even if I turn out to be wrong, I shall bet my life on the assumption that this world is not idiotic, neither run by an absentee landlord, but that today, this very day, some stroke is being added to the cosmic canvas that in due course I shall understand with joy as a stroke made by an Architect who calls Himself Alpha and Omega.

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You may find all 11 Resolutions and some more samples from The Arts and the Christian Imagination in this sample from Paraclete Press found here.