I wrote this post very soon after Steve Job’s death but decided not to publish it at that time. But, it may encourage one of you dear sisters today in consideration of what really is of value for eternity…
Steve Job’s life is over. His name has become a household word. So much so that my two boys from SC know who he is.
He has impacted every one of our lives in some way or another. I can remember when we had our first home computer in the 80’s. An Apple Macintosh. What excitement there was! It was so easy to use and changed the way we all did things.
Now many years later we hardly could function without our technology. Whether I am using Mystery of History and decide to show the children a virtual tour of Iceland, using Skype with my sister and family who live oversees, or publishing my ebook our technology has become a way of life. It is a useful tool and we are so thankful for people like Steve Jobs.
And yet I am reminded in the Psalms when speaking of the rich man:
“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.” Psalm 49
Steve Jobs did not bring all of his earthly wealth into eternity. All his service to our world will not matter if it was empty of Christ.
A friend of mine quoted part of something Steve Jobs said and I went looking for it on the internet. I found his graduation address in 2005. I do not know where Steve Job’s stood with the Lord, but his advice is poignant and we would do well to consider it.
****”…For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”****
Doug Phillips from Vision Forum did a beautiful job in his blog of Oct. 6th laying out lessons we can learn from Steve Jobs’ life. I would encourage you to read it.
And as a challenge today to my sisters..
Do you think, dear mothers, that your calling is of lesser worth than someone like Steve Jobs? Think again!
You are raising the next generation for Christ. Take a deep breath today and embrace what is truly important!
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