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The Lost Week

For most of us, the seven days between Christmas and the New Year feel like a lost week. The blur of our Christmas schedules—big events, big meals, and big expectations—have depleted our emotional reserves, and the challenges of a whole new year feel overwhelming.

Want some encouragement? I devote this time every year to look back over the year to develop what I call “Hindsight Faith.” I generate my “God’s Top Ten List” from the previous 12 months. If you keep a journal or a calendar, this will be easy. But even if you haven’t recorded the major events of your life last year, they’re still fresh in your mind.

Set aside some time to be alone with God, and ask His Spirit to help you determine the ten greatest things God did for you last year.


What you’ll discover as you look into the rear-view mirror of your life is that the problems you’re worrying about down the road—in the next 12 months—are just like ones you faced last year. In fact, as you think and pray, you’ll begin to appreciate just how big and capable your God is!

I’m looking forward to a rich week looking at 2015 in my rearview mirror.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Question: Did any of you try this last year? Was it helpful?