Early in my life I learned a valuable lesson – to distinguish between a suggestion and a command. Initially I did not understand. I learned quickly when my parents disciplined me for interpreting a command as a suggestion! A command was non-negotiable and my feelings or my circumstances were not to be used as an excuse.
Treating the commands of God as suggestions is not wise either. God’s word commands me to pray and be thankful about everything.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 NIV)
Ignoring God’s commands also comes with consequences.
So as we in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, will you join me in committing to be prayerful and thankful about everything?