When many of us sit at home on Sundays watching football in our recliners, we enjoy telling the coaches what plays to call and criticizing them for the offense not moving the ball.

Finding offensive coordinators that fans universally love is especially hard. This coaching staff position usually takes the most heat because fans always want the offense to be better.

Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach, Todd Haley, became the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, and the last three seasons have been three of their most productive offensive seasons in franchise history.

At first glance, most fans give credit to the star players Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell. Their greatness and dynamic ability to make big plays are easily recognized, while we overlook the coordinator who is also important.

But when you start to take notice of the role Haley’s had in the Steelers’ success, you realize his philosophy, play-calling, and coaching style have made their offense explosive and allowed those players to thrive.

In a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article titled, “Todd Haley is an Excellent and Underappreciated Coordinator,” it points out that “many fans need to appreciate just how good of a job he has done.”

Plenty of people in the sports world are underappreciated, and their efforts go unnoticed. Unfortunately, the same is true in our own lives.

How many times have the people, who make our lives so much better, go unnoticed by us? We’re usually thankful for the big things, but how often do we overlook blessings that appear small at first glance…and underappreciate them?

The challenge for us is to live a life of thankfulness where we appreciate the little things. That may sound cliche, but a heart filled with gratitude toward God and others provides us with great contentment and joy.

When we appreciate what we have and who we know, we will spend less time complaining and coveting. When we start looking around and noticing the key people God has placed in our lives that help us thrive, we’ll be filled with awe and appreciation.

Most importantly, each day we should show great appreciation for the grace and forgiveness God has given us through Jesus, and be aware of all He’s doing in us and around us. No matter what is going on in life, we can remain grateful that He is with us and that He loves us.

Today as we live with thankfulness, let’s hold on tightly to these two verses:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) tells us to, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 3:17 (ESV) reminds us that “…whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenley Father, I pray I would be aware of Your goodness and love, and be filled with appreciation for all You are and all You’ve done. Thank you for the people and blessings all around me, and please help me not to underappreciate them. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.