Like so many others, I was shocked at the news of Steve Job’s passing. He’s kind of a hero of ours here at Midnight Oil. All throughout our history, we’ve looked at how Apple has done things and we’ve attempted in our own feeble ways to be our own mini Apple. We even spoke in black mock turtlenecks for a few years.
While it might be an exaggeration to say that our ministry wouldn’t have existed without Steve Jobs, it certainly would have been much harder, and a lot less fun to do what we’ve done without Apple’s hardware and software. We’re forever grateful for Steve’s commitment to creativity, team and excellence. We’ve been and continue to be completely inspired by his accomplishments.
A while back, I collected some of Steve’s quotes about the process of team collaboration. I think the church can learn a ton from his philosophy. Here are two quotes that I really resonated with when thinking about the church:
“You know how many committee’s we have at Apple? Zero. We’re organized like a startup.” [Each person is in charge of their piece] “We all meet 3 hours a week and we talk about everything we’re doing; the whole business. And there’s tremendous teamwork at the top of the company which filters down to tremendous teamwork throughout the company”. -Steve Jobs
“Teamwork is dependent on trusting the other folks to come through with their part without watching them all the time.” -Steve Jobs
Those quotes were going to be a jumping off point for me for another post, but now that Steve has passed away, I’m thinking more about his overall life philosophies and the impact they could have on our ministries if we care to enact them. Here’s something I read last night that I thought was powerful:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and has made all the difference in my life.” -Steve Jobs
Steve wouldn’t have named that “something” the Holy Spirit, but I believe his quote is a very accurate description of what I’ve seen the Spirit has do in my life over 10 years at Midnight Oil. It goes back further than that to when I was began ministry as a part-time intern at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church.
If you connect the dots that the Spirit has laid out in your life, can you see God’s preferred and blessed future out ahead of you? I hope so.
The last 12 months have been some of the most challenging times I’ve lived. I lost sight of the dots a few times. The last 6 months or more I’m seeing those dots pretty clearly and while I love Steve’s thoughts on the matter, I believe with the Spirit’s presence in your life, you can see a few of the dots out ahead of you. If you’re in tune with the Spirit, you don’t have to wait until the thing has passed to figure it all out.
Steve, your passing has so many of us reflecting, me included. Thank you for always living your dream. It allowed so many of us to live our own.
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