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Following the puck of life

The obituary in The Times for one of the most influential people of his generation read, “Steven Jobs, founder of Apple and Pixar, was born on February 24, 1955. He died of cancer on October 5, 2011, aged 56.” The story of Steve Jobs’ life is remarkable. His natural parents gave him up for adoption and he was brought up by a working class couple, Justin and Clara Jobs, in Mountain View, Santa Clara County. He dropped out of College in 1972, at the age of 17, after one semester. In 1976 he founded Apple in his parents’ garage along with his friend and fellow computer enthusiast Steve Wozniak.

In 1985 he was fired from his own company by the chief executive he had appointed. Because of the success of another company he had started, he was able to buy his way back into Apple and became chief executive in 1996. In the years that followed, Apple grew into one of the largest and most successful companies in the world and Steve Jobs became one of the richest and most influential people of his generation. Millions of people across the world own one of Apple’s products and derive great pleasure from using them. The last few years of his life were very difficult after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2004.

Steve Jobs said his philosophy at Apple was influenced by something Wayne Gretsky, a famous ice hockey player, had said. “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.” So Steve Jobs made sure that Apple was always designing products which people were going to want in the future.

This says something important to us all. This world is not our ultimate home. Each day that passes brings us closer to eternity. So it is important for us all to think seriously about where the puck of our life is going to be. An old Negro spiritual says, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through. My treasures are laid up for me, somewhere beyond the blue.” Whether life in this world brings us great riches or great hardships we are all moving towards the ultimate reality of eternity. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” Wise people hear his words and humbly entrust their eternal future to him.

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