Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs

As everyone knows (unless you've been on a Dell computer that crashed about this time yesterday and haven't gotten outside yet), Steve Jobs died yesterday after a lengthy battle against cancer. I suspect he lived quite a bit longer than someone without money would have. Nevertheless, as it goes with everyone, death eventually caught him.

Jobs was a genius, gifted by God with a mind that thinks on another plane from the vast majority of the human race. Apple will not be the same without him, everyone knows it. One of my biggest regrets is not switching to Apple computers five years ago. Jobs' Apple team make the best technological gadgets in the world, at least for now.

One of my favorite Steve Jobs quotations came when he responded to someone asking about his perspective on Microsoft's success-

"I am saddened, not by Microsoft’s success - I have no problem with their success. They’ve earned their success, for the most part. I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third-rate products.”

If you have used Microsoft products, then tried an Apple product, any product- you know Jobs spoke the truth here.

Jobs spoke a lot about death and the important things in life. He seemed to understand how fleeting life is and had an incredibly down to earth perspective for a guy who thinks on another level from most. I find it so sad that a man like Jobs never publicly came to acknowledge the Lordship of Christ. Unless something changed in the last few months, Jobs died an unbeliever. It's one of the stranger ironies of human life- how God can use a person to make incredible discoveries and advancements that benefit millions- yet that person doesn't acknowledge the Creator.


Woody Woodward said...

You know the first thing that crossed my mind when I heard about his death was “I wonder if he knew Jesus?” I have listened to several of his later interviews and indeed he was truly a humble man that loved his family and put them first. Then he too loved the people that worked for him and he also seemed to give them total credit for his great success. He shared his feelings about life, even believing he would die young, but like you said Pastor, what a tragedy with the millions upon millions of folks who followed his every word, not a word about his relationship with Christ. I wonder what goes through a genius mind, on deaths door, known and revered by most everyone in the world, accomplished the impossible, leaving a legacy that will probably never be matched, a multi-billionaire…. did he wonder? What is Next? Is there life after death? Is there a God who will rightly judge? What about the poor man, on deaths door, known by no one, accomplished nothing significant in life, leaving nothing but past due bills, dying penniless, Wonder what will go through his mind? “What is Next? Is there life after death? Is there really a God who will rightly judge?”
“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.’” (1 Samuel 16:7 ESV)

Ray and Janell said...

Tony ... I too wish you'd made the switch to Apple long ago. It would be just one more positive to add to the long list of things that endear you to others like me. But it's not too late to make the switch ... come on ... you can do it.

Brother Titus said...

I understand people thought of Steve Jobs as a genius. And, he probably was one. But, I live too simple a life to bother with what's out there in the way of (new) technology. Don't get me wrong. I love the technology I know about - cell phones, wireless communications (Sending communications via "cyberspace"! What is that, really?) and on and on....Android - blah, blah, blah! But, because I've never been one to have to have the latest gadgets, I'm way behind the curve on almost everything Jobs had invented. And even though Macs have a much better resistance to computer viruses, etc., than Microsoft, I'll take my HP over Mac any day.

Reepicheep said...

BT, if you use Windows, you have Steve Jobs to thank...there are 101 ways in which your PC has been improved by what Jobs did at Apple. Additionally, there are probably 1001 ways that you don't even know about that are due to Jobs ingenuity directly or by way of his pressuring competitors to develop better stuff. Keep on using your HP, but honestly, you could do better.

Ray- I'm all Apple now, except my Android phone.

Brother Titus said...

Really? I thought "Windows" was a Microsoft invention, though I'd read that Bill Gates never made any bones about stealing the ideas of others in his industry. But, I could do better? I'm all ears.

I just read that Steve Jobs was a Buddhist. So, we know where he is now.