December 30

Written by Bill Grandi on December 30th, 2021

In this, my last post of 2021, I leave you with some words from Bob Goff. But first, my words. 🙂 As 2020 ended, it was not unusual to hear words like, “I’m so glad 2020 is ending. I am so ready for 2021.”  Hmmmm. My 2021 started with COVID long-haul that eventually led to a 48 pound weight loss in 4 weeks, several procedures and finally gall bladder surgery.  But all in all, other than some lingering smell and taste issues I can live with, I have no complaints as I can see God’s hand in all of it. Was I comfortable with it all? No, of course not. But I trust and rest in Him.

Here we are at the end of 2021 and I hear the repeat sentiments of the previous year. But I don’t hear the defeat and despair of people. Yes, the variant has reared its ugly head ahead bringing shut downs and dire warnings, mandates, and other nonsense. But I think people are tired of feeling defeated.

No one knows what 2022 will bring-except One. But it is because He knows that He also invites us to dream and to be involved in His work. Now for Bob’s quote:

When God gives us dreams, He wants us to change as we choose them. We achieve our dreams by bravely facing the lopsided odds. We might think achieving a dream is the point, but I think for God it’s more about seeing us become more like Jesus with each step we take forward. Of course, He celebrates with us too. (#365-p.418)

Those are good words to carry with us in 2022. Never stop dreaming. As Bob would say, “Dream big.” May 2022 be a year of new challenges seen; new mountains conquered; and new dreams fulfilled. All done in the power of the Spirit.

“Father, I give you my old year. It is done. I now give You reign over my new one-2022. May I follow Your dream(s) and Your plans for me.”


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Me, too, LORD!

    Bill, I had no idea you had all this awfulness going on throughout the year! God bless you and keep you!

  2. Still so thankful that God brought you through that time of severe illness, Bill! May we dream the dreams God wants us to, and act on opportunities He presents to us in the coming year.
    I’ve been sick since Christmas Day, and would love your prayers for healing. My suspicion is that I have that Omicron breakthrough. Mostly tired, fighting cold symptoms and loss of appetite. Thanks so much!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I will most definitely pray Martha. Sorry you have been sick. And I, too, am grateful God brought me through that. it was not a fun time but it did draw me to Him.

  3. Ed says:

    It’s definitely important to keep moving forward.
    Isn’t what Bob is saying similar to what the Israelites experienced during the 40 years in the desert?

  4. Ryan S. says:

    We too have been fighting sickness since Christmas. Not sure what Santa brought yet, but I suspect it starts with the letter “C” and doesn’t end in “oal”.
    At least I could burn that!

    All in all 2021 has been a good year. A significant lifestyle change rendered good results with nearly 90 lbs of weight loss.

    I am a little disappointed that most of our family gatherings will be missed due to the sickness… but those can be rescheduled… or not.

    I feel I need to embrace Bob’s quote for 2022. More important than the physical change I experienced this year, I really believe 2022 needs to be a spiritual focus with the expectation of even a greater change in how I approach life and my walk.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Sorry to hear you guys have been sick. That is a bummer for sure. Been there done that at Christmas. I have been amazed at your discipline for the weight loss. Like you I want to change my approach to my life and walk