Last Monday the football (soccer) World Cup concluded in the early hours of the morning. This year’s competition was one filled with excitement, upsets, fantastic goals, and plenty of controversy. Much of the controversy came from the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). This new technology allows the referee to look back at things in the game that he might have missed the first time around.

Plenty of people were not happy with this new technology, but it got me thinking about what difference a VAR would make in my life. What would I spend my time looking over in slow motion, trying to pick out the small details I missed before? I think initially I would start looking at all those times I have been wronged, and have the referee point out the way others have hurt me. Or perhaps I would have the VAR look at the small wrongs other people have done so that I could feel better about myself. But this is not the way God would have us look back over our lives. We have more to be thankful for than we can sometime see.

Instead, I want to look carefully through my life and see all the ways that God has blessed me, and all the times that he has cared for me even when I have ignored him. And instead of the VAR, the thing I can use to do this is God’s Word. By looking at what he has done through Jesus on the cross for me, I can truly be thankful in my life even when it seems there isn’t much to be thankful for. Won’t you join me as I grow my attitude of gratitude?

Stuart Jansen