Are these perks?
First I should ask, “What is your definition of a perk?”
Perhaps it is:
- Three minutes in a locked bathroom screaming into a towel squeezed to your mouth?
- Sliding into your car in sub-zero weather, turning the ignition switch, and surprise! the engine actually turns over and purrs?
- One night where you don’t experience a blowout argument with your teenage daughter?
There can be lots of things that define a benefit for you, huh?
- Just living one day where you feel you don’t have to apologize for breathing.
- A credit card that isn’t (quite) maxed out.
- A weekend binge where you get so wasted that come Monday morning you’re still so zombie you hope the boss doesn’t notice…and the boss didn’t notice!
Are there other possible perks?
Obviously, these are descriptions of what could be considered perks. You might identify with one or two of these, and yet maybe not. So, another side of perk circumstances could be, calm in the chaos and conflict:
- In your home,
- In your workplace
- In your significant relationships.
Calmness (peace) would be considered a positive perk. You might identify with calmness and yet, maybe not.
I want to say, these calm moments in the storm are the sort of practical perks God makes happen daily.
However, you may not think so, because you’ve never thought about it nor experienced it. As a result, you’re uncertain God is present and concerned about your circumstance. This isn’t the case.
And to prove what I mean, I’m going to offer you three biblical case studies that show God cares about your mundane. What you need to do: read these short stories and take notes.
Perk Case Studies:
- Case study No. 1: Elijah and the widow at Zarapheth (1 Kings 17).
- Case Study No. 2: A father’s two arrogant and insubordinate sons (Luke 15).
- Case Study No. 3: A woman reduced to poverty by a severe illness (Mark 5:25-34).
These are examples of perks from God. Insert your circumstantial situation, make it personal.
Are you willing to abandon misery?
The relevant point here is that you can quit being miserable and enjoy God’s perks.
To receive these perks, you must trust and accept God as significant instead of insignificant.
One more verse to chew on: “And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Try the perk of calmness (peace in the chaos and conflict of your life).
Remember, all you have to lose is your misery.
Sarah Brightman Deliver Me