From the Pastor’s Heart
Steve Jobs, American entrepreneur, inventor, business magnate, media proprietor, and investor, died last October. Co-founder of Apple, his inventions transformed tech and communication. He was CEO of Apple when the iPhone was first introduced. He is also known for investing in Pixar when they were a struggling business.
Near the end of his life, Steve Jobs’ biographer, Walter Isaacson, asked him about where he discovered meaning. He said that he’d learned from his guru in India that life is like a river. At first, you think that if you’re successful, you get to take many things out of the river, products people have made or ideas they’ve come up with. But eventually in life, you realize that it’s not what you get to take out of the river, it’s what you get to put into the river.
Not what we take, but what we give, measures the worth of the life we live. Jesus stated this timeless truth: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Life is not a dress rehearsal. Just this once—we can share God’s love, walk in Jesus’ steps, demonstrate our commitment to our Creator, and enjoy our blessed life.
Someone stated the challenge this way:
I am only one, but I am one;
I cannot do everything, but I can do something;
What I can do, I ought to do;
And what I ought to do, by God’s grace I will do.
Each of us has unique God-given abilities and talents we can use to honor our Lord and help others. Here’s the question we must answer: What am I putting into the river?