Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Passing of Steve Jobs

As the “All Things Apple” contributor here, this post should have come MUCH sooner, and I apologize for my late posting. It is well known now that Apple has lost its dear visionary, cofounder, and former CEO, Steve Jobs, last week, losing a battle to cancer. He will be truly missed by all of us loyal Apple customers who’ve enjoyed his vivid keynote presentations, his sense of design and vision, and the way he led Apple to become one of the most successful tech companies today. Apple is in excellent hands with Tim Cook and the rest of the Apple executive team no doubt, but that spark Steve Jobs brought to Apple is just missing, and who knows when, and if, that’ll ever return.

My ultimate prayer is that Steve came to know the Lord before his passing, as when it all boils down to our final breath and final beat of the heart, isn’t that the one and only thing that truly matters? My thoughts and prayers also go out to the Jobs family and the employees at Apple, as I know they are truly missing Steve and are grieved by his loss. The world has lost a true visionary, one that fully knew how to revolutionize technology by making it simple, “for the rest of us”.

Jobs, Piper, Life & Death.

The death of Apple founder Steve Jobs from cancer may well go down as the news story of the year, or at least be close to it. His death at the age of 56 has certainly caused many to momentarily reflect upon the fact that “Life is short”. David in a contemplative moment wrote of this fact in Ps 144:4 that “Man is like a breath, his days are like a passing shadow”.

Some will say “It’s sad, but that’s life, his time was up”. The Teacher in Ecclesiastes said “there is a time to be born, and a time to die” (Eccl 3:2). Ecclesiastes is a journal of the teacher’s deep thoughts on the meaning of life.
Ecclesiastes opens up with the words, “Meaningless, Meaningless “ or “Vanity of Vanities” , depending up your preferred translation. Other word’s used include “Futile”, “Pointless”, “No purpose” and “non-sense” and “nothing is worthwhile”; you get the picture.

But is that what all that the teacher was trying to get across in these opening words? A friend of mine, Derek Hanna, a few years back now, when preaching through Ecclesiastes suggested there was greater depth to these words. Derek suggests “The Teacher isn’t saying life is meaningless… he’s saying it’s brief, fleeting, like the wind – here today, gone tomorrow. Life is transient, passing by.”
James (4:14b) also took this view of life:” For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”