Over the past few years I have grown to love Apple products. My first was a MacBook, when I was deciding what to replace my cool HP tablet with (still in my view the best predecessor to the iPad). I bought the MacBook basically because it was beautiful in design, and because I had never heard anything but rave reviews from anyone who had ever owned an Apple. (I did and do hear many negatives from those who don’t use one…) So I’m sold on Apple for now – I’m typing this post on my MacBook Pro, and my iPhone lies faithfully beside me (an refurbished iPhone 3, as my brand new 4 was stolen… ). And now Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind the revolution, died this week, after changing the world in so many ways…
I have no idea about Steve Jobs faith, whether he did or did not put his faith in Jesus Christ for his salvation. I hope he did. I don’t recommend that you try to learn much from him about preparing for eternal life, but this thought from one of his speeches in 2005 after he had been diagnosed with cancer is certainly worth pondering for how you live this life:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
It’s a great attitude, except for the last sentence – “everything else is secondary”. Not everything is secondary, because this life does end. Then what? So read all the inspiring articles coming out about “what we can learn from the life of Steve Jobs,” but please can I encourage you (whether you are PC or Mac) to reach not only for a “stuff of this world” legacy, but much more for an eternal one. Like another man who changed the world – Saul of Tarsus who surrendered his life to believe in and follow Jesus Christ and became the Apostle Paul, and at the end of his life declared:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:7-8, The Bible