Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quotes from Steve Jobs

After I heard that Steve Jobs had died, I ordered a book that was coming out this month called, I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words. Yesterday I received this book, a collection of quotes that he has made over the years. If you followed anything about Jobs, you will know that he is very famous for being quotable. That is why this book intrigued me, for I think you can really get to know someone by what they say. I spent about 30 minutes looking through many of his quotes. Here are some of my favorites.
"I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year....It's very character-building." (63) 
"You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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....Don't settle." (78) 
"The thing that bound us together at Apple was the ability to make things that were going to change the world. That was very important." (92)
There were so many quotes that were very interesting. I can't share them all. But let me share one more. This is the one that impacted me the most and really made me think about my Christian life.
"I would trade all my technology for an afternoon with Socrates." (106)
Really? To be fair, this quote was at the end of 2001. It came about a month before the release of the first iPod. There was no iPhone, no MacBook, and no iPad. Only Jobs knows whether he really meant it or was it just one of those statements to make people stop and think.

It made me think as a Christian. Would I trade all of my successes in life for an afternoon with Jesus? Would I trade everything I have for a few hours with Jesus? There is no doubt in my mind that most of the Christians I know would say, "Yes, of course, I would trade everything I have here to spend a few hours with Jesus." But then have you? Have I?

Have you stopped what you are doing today and given up something in order to spend a few minutes with Him (through reading His Word and prayer)? Are you willing to give up your hunting to spend time with Him? Are you willing to give up your sports in order to spend time with Him? Are you willing to give up your career to spend time with Him? Are you willing to give up yourself in order to spend time with Him? Jesus invites you to do just that when He said,
"If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? What can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37)

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