iHeaven: Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

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The creative genius of Steve Jobs has left its mark on the world. Jobs’ ideas and implementation of those ideas raised the bar significantly in technological advancement. He left us with Apple products that have changed the ways information is used, accessed and shared. His ideas will live on and most likely continue to spur competition providing continued advances in technology. These advances will continue to change the way many work and live.

It might be said that Steve Jobs left us with an iHeaven.

The idea of iHeaven is one of here and now because it will not be there when we die. Consider Jobs’ words of encouragement in the here and now – for today.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, 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. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.1

As far as I know, Jobs adhered to some form of Buddhism, but even as a Christian I find this a perspective to consider. However, I would expand on the temporal idea of an iHeaven to the eternal perspective of Heaven. God was surely gracious to Jobs and blessed him with much success in this world. Jobs influence will live on until some unknown time in the future. Thank God for Jobs influence and outlook as it shows the potential we all have as people created in God’s image.

Beyond the last day

As creative as Jobs was his outlook was limited to this side of eternity. I wish I could encourage Jobs today to expand his outlook, unfortunately, I cannot. Yet, just as he built upon the technological development of others, the quote that changed his life may be expanded to help others move beyond his last day mindset.

Today may be your last day on earth for even though you are valuable to God your days are numbered (Luke 12:7). So work for that which is eternal (John 6:27) which is believing in Jesus Christ for eternal life (John 3:16) leaving behind this life for eternal life in Christ (John 12:25). Become a servant of Christ that you may be set free from eternal death brought about by your sin (Romans 6:22-23).

Remembering that any of us could be dead tomorrow is an important tool for considering eternity. Believe in Jesus Christ today so that you can live tomorrow regardless of this life. Without Christ your life is lost (John 3:18) so trust Christ. Do all things for God’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31) and do not fear the trials the world pushes back on you for Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33). Christ has gained eternity for those who believe in Him so rejoice in Him (Romans 5:1-2). Follow God’s heart and believe in Jesus Christ (John 6:40).

So ask yourself – If today were my last day on earth, is what I am about to do seeking God’s glory?
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