Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

I thought some of the most fitting words on the death of Steve Jobs came from our president who said, “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.” What the president said is true.  I was one of those individuals who learned about the tragic loss of Steve Jobs on my iPhone.  After returning home from church services I went to check my iPhone before turning on the TV or opening the computer.  It was there on Twitter that I learned the sad news.  Some have feared (and rightly so) that technology has the potential of taking away a much needed human connection with others in society, but that was certainly not the case last night.  It was amazing to see the outpouring of emotion on Twitter in response to the loss of someone who changed all our lives.  Last night, while on my iPhone, I did not feel separated from humanity, but I felt drawn together as we shared our grief.

For those who do not understand why the loss of Steve Jobs is such a big deal there is probably little I can say to convince you.  I will leave it to others to detail the many innovations Jobs has contributed to our society.  I will say that Steve Jobs understood what technology can do for the individual better than anyone else.  That was his genius.  He thought in terms of what technology can do for us, and was always looking for ways to improve his product.  Many people get into business to make money, and Steve Jobs certainly made plenty of that, but that was not his purpose.  You can make money on a shoddy product, but Jobs was always looking to make the best product possible.  He was a perfectionist who never settled for 2nd best.

Steve Jobs not only made products that worked well, but he also made products that appeal to our senses.  He showed how the devices we own can be a form of art, much like classic cars are now viewed as an art form.  After Jobs returned to Apple they released the iMac. At this point in time Apple was not a major name in computers, but all you had to do is see a picture or commercial of this colorful, egg shaped computer and you wanted one.  It looked different than any other computer available.  People would later discover that Apple computers work better than any other computer available.

There are some people who are ready to make Steve Jobs a saint, but he was not a Christian.  He was a Buddhist.  Although Jobs did not adhere to the Christian faith he did offer some great advice to society and sought to improve our way of life.  I would recommend that people listen or read his commencement speech at Stanford from 2005 to understand a little of who Jobs was.  At the end of the speech he addresses the subject of death, a subject many would probably avoid in a commencement speech.  He says, “Death is the destination we all share.  No one has ever escaped it…Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”  Jobs understood the value of being true and honest with oneself.

What Steve Jobs created was technology that has changed our way of living forever.  That technology is neither evil nor good, but it can be used for either. Because of the innovations of Steve Jobs we now have the ability to reach people with the gospel in ways we could have never fathomed before. Because of Steve Jobs I now have a Bible and many other study tools wherever I go. Because of Steve Jobs I now stay connected with many Christians around the world in ways that would have been impossible before. For these things and many others I am thankful for Steve Jobs and the life he lived.

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