The Steve Jobs Mentality
One thing that has absolutely amazed me over the past several years is how far technology has come along. We have gone in just the last decade to PC laptops and desktops to the rise of Apple where they have put out iEverything (which include iPads, iPhone's, iPod's, iMacs, and probably more that I am not thinking of). It is absolutely amazing the fun, useful, and sometimes not so useful things that can be done with this technology. As I have read several articles in the past day, I have realized that these things would not have been possibly without the dedication and commitment of Steve Jobs to the company he created. I believe there are some lessons that we can learn from Steve Jobs:
1) Success takes Work. If Steve Jobs had been lazy and never worked, I don't believe Apple would be what it is today, or really the world of technology. What about Christians? What if we never worked? What would the church be like? Or maybe the better question what would happen if we truly went to work. I believe the possiblilites would be limitless, just as Apple proves to us quite frequently. 2 Thessalonians 3:10
2) Success takes Time. Steve Jobs didn't build the iPod, iPhone or any of the other i's in a day. In fact he didn't even build Apple in a day to what it is now. Success takes time. As children of God we won't convert an entire community within a day. Yet one individual at a time can build the church very well. Matthew 28:18-20.
3) Success takes Commitment. In the 1970's and early 80's, Steve Jobs helped found Apple. Jobs along with several other came out with the old Macintosh computers, as they marketed one of the first successful personal computers. I think it is interesting that from the mid-80's until 1997, Steve Jobs wasn't a part of Apple and it didn't do very well. However, once Jobs came back and joined Apple it flourished. It needed commitment and ideas from Jobs to be successful again. When we think of Christianity the church will not successful be able to function as well as it can until there is commitment from the people that make up the church. Can the church function without everyone committed? Yes! However imagine the possibilities if the church was completely committed as Jobs was towards the end of his life. Imagine everything that could be accomplished! Matthew 6:33
Steve Jobs left every organization several lessons on how to be successful. I sincerely hope that those of us in the church we learn lessons from the success of this man, and remember the same principles that Jesus taught us as he encouraged us to committed, to evangelize, and to not be lazy.