What is life about? Reflecting on the Death of an Icon of American Industry

Steve Jobs

I am indebted to Steve Jobs, the founder and CEO of Apple Computers, for making my day to day work as a pastor more productive and more enjoyable, but it is important that we reflect upon our own lives and mortality at times like these. Moses prays in Psalm 90:12 –  “Teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”

I have a friend named Beth Vishanoff who was doing so this past week. I read a short piece that she wrote after her own time of reflection and want to pass it along to you.

Death will come to all of us….for some after a long life, peacefully; for some at a young age, unexpectedly; for some after a battle with a serious disease, painfully….but it will come; will we be ready? I share only a very small fragment of the grief of the Jobs family but it reminds me once again that life is not about what you accomplish; instead it is about for whom you accomplish it; there is only one God — whom will you (and I) serve?

Jesus said it best: Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. (John 17:3-4).

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