December 28

Written by Bill Grandi on December 28th, 2022

For the most part, except for a few vestiges of leftovers (people not food, although…), Christmas ’22 is history. At least the celebration of Christmas is over. 2023 is fast approaching and with it a year filled with uncertainty and challenges, none of which we have a clue about. 🙂

We have been hearing the Top 10 of everything. Top 10 sons. Top 10 grossing movies. Top 10 downloads. Top 10 news stories. The list goes on and on.

But here’s something novel! How about listing the Bottom 10. Bottom 10 songs. Bottom 10 grossing movies (the bombs). Bottom 10 TV shows. Etc.

Being on the bottom is not appealing at all. My blog, for example, could very well qualify for the Bottom 10 readers and those who respond. Sort of makes me wonder why I do this! 🙂

Anyway, I read the story of a man named John Woolman (ever heard of him? Yeah…me neither) whose commitment to Jesus influenced his tailor shop dealings. Out of his support for freeing slaves, he refused to by any cotton or dye supplies from companies that used forced labor.  He loved his neighbor and lived according to integrity and sincerity in all his dealings.  John was a Quaker who lived in the early to mid 1700s.

In 2 Cor. 1:22 Paul speaks of conducting ourselves with integrity and godly sincerity.  As we look back on 2022, what would your report card say in these areas? And as we look ahead to 2023, let’s make every effort to live with integrity and godly sincerity.

Let’s be the one who makes a difference.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    I am glad you have made it back safely. Hope your travels were pleasant and visits enjoyable. A new year, for whatever reason, brings an opportunity to reflect and reset. New goals, new objectives, new priorities. I like your thoughts about making those centered around integrity and godly sincerety. Can’t go wrong with that as a focus for 2023 and the rest of our lives.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks for the well wishes Ryan. We did have an enjoyable time and safe travels. Unfortunately, for some, it was not so. Saw lots of vehicles in slide off into a ditch. On the way home got stopped around an hour by an accident. I’m thinking long and hard about making those my goals for this coming year.

  2. What a great goal for 2023, Bill. May we make a difference for God’s glory.