• Rev'd Paul Black

These aren't Steve Jobs' last words

Last week, on my Facebook News Feed these words, purporting to be the last words of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, appeared with his photograph:

I have come to the pinnacle of success in business. In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from work, I have little joy.

Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed. At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death. In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me. Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth. It should be something more important: for example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood. No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.

I searched Google to see if they really were Steve Jobs’ last words. But, guess what? They aren’t.

What I did find was that billionaire Virgin boss, Richard Branson, was well aware that those words were fake, but he still managed to find inspiration in them. In fact, he found the passage so inspirational that he decided to share them on his blog.

I think we have all heard the saying that on our deathbeds there aren’t too many people who would regret not spending more time at the office.

There are so many things that – in the end – are more important in life… the simple things, relationships, sharing a meal with friends, companions to nourish the soul, spending time with those you love, savouring the moment, finding God in the ordinary parts of life, recalling memories and stories of times together.

Material things, when people are close to death, seem to fall away and what is left are the precious moments that never die for they are recorded in the heavenly book for all eternity.

The deathbed is the stop on life’s journey in which the essentials stand out vividly... the rest fades into the background. There are a few things that are truly important in life and figuring those things out now is like preparing our oil lamps for the coming of the bridegroom – Jesus.

Are we cultivating delight in what really matters?

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