What did one woman’s mistake teach me about God?

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One woman’s mistake about an Apple I’s worth taught me how much God loves and values me.

Do you ever misjudge your own worth or the worth of something based on externals?

“In June 2015, a woman found a forgotten, old computer belonging to her deceased husband in their garage. The computer was bulky and heavy compared to today’s sleek models. She donated the clunky, outdated computer to an electronics-recycling center in Northern California. She didn’t know its true worth. But someone at the recycling center did. The rare Apple 1 sold for $261,470 at auction. She didn’t leave contact information, so the center couldn’t give her half of its sale price, or  $130, 735.

She donated the clunky, outdated computer to an electronics-recycling center in Northern California. She didn’t know its true worth. But someone at the recycling center did.

The rare Apple 1 sold for $261,470 at auction. She didn’t leave contact information, so the center couldn’t give her half of its sale price, or  $130, 735.[i]

Unlike current Apple products, the Apple I wasn’t mass–produced, so the Apple I’s high value came because Steve Job’s hands probably helped create it.

But the woman considered neither its worth as a machine, which appeared worthless, nor its worth based on its maker. Just as the woman didn’t know the Apple I’s true value, we too can undervalue our worth and the worth of others because we aren’t considering the Creator who made us—and his heart of love.

Similarly, we can forget our true identity and value as God’s beloved children. For example, we can base our worth on externals instead of on the real us hidden behind skin, hair, clothes, and maybe a less than sleek exterior.”

God created us in love, for love, and to love. (Click to Tweet)

We are worth infinitely more than a rare Apple 1 computer (whatever the state of our exterior).

This excerpt is from Day 1: Know God, Know Yourself of 7 Days of Soul Care: A Guide to Letting God Do the Extraordinary with Your Ordinary.

Welcome to Week 1 of the 7 Days of Soul Care Book Club.

This week’s questions:

Who or what influenced your perspective of God’s character? Could you ask God to reveal what experiences affected your view of him? Was it a person? Experience? Media? Book? How does that message about God compare to the God revealed by Jesus and the Bible (God’s revelation to us via different people across hundreds of years)?

“We can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is.” A. W. Tozer

Feel free to share your answer in the comments or you can write in a journal or in a blog post (like Maryleigh).

If you leave your blog’s permalink in the comments, I will visit you.

This week’s action:

Pay attention to what thoughts pass through your mind about God and/or pay attention to how God is portrayed in the media (news, music, movies etc.). Keep track in a journal or on your phone. Review at the end of the week.

Or read Psalm 16 (printable) daily and write down what you observe about God and Jesus from that passage.

This week’s short daily prayer:

I ask for the grace to experience more of you, your ways, and your heart, as I read the Bible and look at creation (for example, flowers, stars, and people).

This piano music kept me company one morning as I sat quietly before God, listening for God’s gentle voice of love.

If you want to join but don’t have a copy of the book, you can buy it here.

Feel free to invite friends to join.

Remember soul care is not selfish. It’s wise because it connects us with our extraordinary God who is our life (see John 15:1-5) so we can be fruitful in our relationships and work.

If you want the scheduled questions for the next 7 weeks, here is a downloadable PDF.

Why are we taking one week for each of the seven days in the book? Learn why and read an excerpt from the Introduction here.

Next week, we discuss Day 2: Embrace Your True Worth with a new set of activities.

Transformation occurs when friends study and discuss God’s Word together. (Click to Tweet)

I always appreciate your thoughts!

Here are Ruth Haley Barton’s thoughts on Lent.

I appreciate Barton asking us to consider what disciplines will help us return our hearts to God? For me, it is always soul care connection with God because it affects everything I do and all my relationships.

Linking with encouraging friend Lyli of #ThoughtProvokingThursdays

Photo used with @sophial33.usa’s permission.

[i] Will Haskell, “People are searching for a woman who donated a rare Apple computer worth $200,000 to a recycling center.” Business Insider, June 1, 2015, accessed July 1, 2015,  http://www
.businessinsider.com/ recycled-apple-i-computer-2015-6.