We all knew Steve Jobs’ health was failing, but it was a shock to hear that he had died today, just a few weeks after resigning as Chairman of Apple Computer. Losing Steve Jobs was like losing Thomas Edison. His genius changed the world in which we live.
I had the privilege of meeting him in the early days of personal computers. It was my privilege to work with Apple Computer, developing simple educational programs for a brand new and very exciting market. Apple used some of my programs for their Educational Classics. I have a letter in my files from a vice president of the company saying that Steve Jobs had reviewed one of my new programs and liked it.
Over the years I followed his ups and downs, and like everyone else, I marveled at his accomplishments and the way they improved the quality of our lives.
I also met Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple in those days, and recently a friend of mine took my original Apple II to a conference where Woz was speaking. I sent along a copy of my book, Connecting the Dots, and a letter sharing the Gospel with him. He signed the computer in indelible ink, but didn’t comment on the letter.
Over the years I have prayed often for these to men, and for Bill Gates, who was also instrumental in these world-changing technological developments.
Jesus asked, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36) I hope Steve Jobs found Christ in his brief but amazing earthly journey. I never heard that he did, but I sincerely hope to meet him again in Heaven.