I will always remember where I was when I missed the news Steve Jobs had died. I was playing guitar at my MacBook Pro and an RSS item came in. I clicked on it and it was the picture of Steve Jobs holding his chin with a caption “Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011”. I thought it was just someone posting a picture of Steve Jobs and I went back to playing guitar.
Fifteen minutes later I checked Twitter and saw that Steve Jobs had died.
With the death of someone special to you, you gain a newfound clarity for a short time. It has happened to me once before, when a friend at school died. Amongst the chaos and trauma, life was put back into perspective. Trivial things become trivial and things you know are important like family are put back in their rightful place.
Last night, amid the tributes to Steve Jobs in my RSS reader there was a post about a small Mac App. I found it jarring, something so insignificant juxtaposed in a moment so profound.
I don’t know how long this newfound clarity will last. In the meantime, I am realigning what is important to me and what is worth living for.
There are three things that I think are worth living for, God, family and music.
I believe that being a Christian is worthwhile and meaningful. What does being a Christian look like? I believe that “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” sums it up well 1.
Without family, you have nothing. That is all I need to say on that.
Finally, music. Steve Jobs’ life inspires me to make something meaningful, something that puts a ding in the universe. The best way that I know how to do this is through writing songs.
Micah 6:8 ↩