On Monday, April 22, I made an terrible discovery. I came into the office and, as usual, turned on my laptop computer, or rather I tried to turn on my laptop...the power button was not working.
This is significant because I have all of my sermons, Bible classes, etc. (things that are termed “intellectual property” I believe) on my laptop. Most of the things I do for church are on the desktop computer in my office, but, still, there are several church related files on my laptop.
I was in trouble. How was I going to be able to access all those files? Was this fixable? Was I going to have to buy a new laptop, then take the hard drive out of my old laptop and copy it to the new? Maybe it was time for a new laptop anyway, I mean, mine is probably 10-12 years old.
I contemplated the options as I prepared my lessons for Wednesday night and Sunday on the desktop. Thursday, I decided to see if my laptop was fixable.
So I called one repair place here in Siloam. They said it would probably be at least $120 to fix it (two hours of work @ $60/hour). My thought was that for a couple hundred more dollars I could get a new laptop.
Then Skye suggested I call a different company, also here in Siloam. They said that it would be at the most $60, probably less, but they needed to look at it to be sure.
That sounded better, so I stopped by on my way home for lunch. I showed the person my laptop. He said, “Let me check something.” He then grabbed a small, flat tip screwdriver and popped off the power button. He then pressed where the power button was and it started booting! Then he said the words that really made my day: “It’s fixed, NO CHARGE!!!”
Evidently the external power button pushes a smaller, internal power button. The “nub” on the external button that contacts the internal button was worn or out of alignment or something. So it wasn’t working.
That’s a lot of information to set up the following point. I was, almost, ready to trash my laptop because of what amounts to a cosmetic issue: a $5 piece of plastic that was not working.
How many times do we “trash” a person just because the outside is a little bit “off”? How often do we diminish a person’s worth simply because they don’t look right?
We need to remember to look beneath the surface and keep in mind that every person has a soul that is so valuable that Jesus died for them.
If I had just given up on my laptop it could have needlessly cost me $400+ dollars. If we give up on a person, it could cost them (and us) a whole lot more!