I’ve been watching various broadcasts about Steve Jobs. No question – he was an amazing man. Although I don’t share his spiritual perspectives on life, I can certainly appreciate the fact that he was a charismatic visionary and had a huge impact on the world of technology.
I read an article this morning about the top five ways that he changed society.
5. He made PCs before there were PCs.
4. He made computers simple.
3. He made advertising innovative.
2. He turned technology into art.
1. He connected every aspect of our lives.
These are lofty contributions to the world. Steve Jobs died young but he certainly lived his life with passion and focus.
A good friend of mine sent me this quote from Steve Jobs when he spoke at the Stanford commencement in 2005.
You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
There’s some good thinking tucked away in this quote. In many areas of our lives, we can often “settle” for mediocrity or we simply give up, when in fact, we need to keep pursuing – in our work, family, education, marriage, friendships, projects, sports..and the list continues. I agree that when we love what we do, it sure is easier to do it. Despite the fact that writing is hard work, I just enjoy the process and therefore, it’s easier to persevere. Passion is good.
But ultimately, who I offer to this world is more God-honoring than what I offer. Man does look on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart. In the end, when it’s just God and I, it’s not going to be my productivity that brings me eternal life, it’s my surrendering to God.
As someone once told me, When you’re lying on your deathbed, you won’t be saying, ” Gee, I wish I had spent more time at the office.”