It is old news now that Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple, passed away last week. There were a ton of articles and remembrances written since last Wednesday reflecting on the impact that he and his company has had on the world. Many of you know that I worked for Apple in the past. I never personally met him, but did see the impact and influence that he had on those around him and all over the world. I use many of the products that he had a hand in daily in my work and at home. I have taken the time to reflect on his death on many different levels.
Apple, as a company, will go on. There is no doubt about that and in the scope of life really means nothing. I’ve shared in the past about the boys studying the life of Thomas Edison and the skeletons he had in his closet. Jobs was no saint and looking back at his life raises a lot of questions. He was born out of wedlock to two college students and given up for adoption. He dropped out of college after one semester. He had a child out of wedlock and denied her existence for many years. He was known as a very vocal person verbally abusing employees, but his business sense couldn’t be matched. Apple’s success can be seen everywhere and that is not in doubt.
We do not know the condition of any man’s heart but Steve was a Buddhist. This brings me to a verse that we just talked about in devotionals last week:
36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?