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iDea: Would Steve Jobs Trade His Fortune for Good Health?

  • Jim Daly
    Jim Daly is president and chief executive officer of Focus on the Family, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families thrive.
  • 2011 Aug 31
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Posted by Jim_Daly Aug 30, 2011



By his own admission, Steve Jobs is ailing. The co-founder of Apple announced his resignation as CEO last week, opting to serve in a reduced capacity as Chairman of the Board. His departure leaves a big hole within the company, and investors responded accordingly. Apple stock dropped by 5% the day his statement was released.stevejobs1.png

Mr. Jobs reportedly has been struggling with his health for years. applelogo.pngHe is not alone in this battle, of course. Millions of people are plagued with poor health, and, in fact, I know many of you are currently suffering through chemotherapy and coping with a myriad of other physical challenges. Walk the halls of any hospital and you become keenly aware of just how easily broken is the human body. We all know somebody, it may be you, who is up against it, trying to physically and mentally hold things together and live to see another day.

It recently struck me: Mr. Jobs is worth billions of dollars, but I wonder if he would gladly trade every last bit of his fortune in exchange for good health and energy.

Would you?

When times turn tough and the body begins to fail, our priorities are often reordered, and dramatically so. Some might even argue that when we’re sick, we actually have a better fix on what should be most important in our life.

Yet, as a Christian, the hypothetical tradeoff, of giving up wealth for health, is somewhat irrelevant. That’s because I know that everything that I can see, feel and experience – everything of this earth - is temporary. What matters is not my bank account balance or even my energy level, but instead, my relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. life1.jpg

In the course of my ministry and my travels, it’s occurred to me that some of the most “alive” people in the world are those who are dying, perhaps even in their last days. That’s because as Christians, they know what really matters and they live with the wonderful assurance of eternal life.

Are you living with that same assurance? If not, I would invite you to click here. It IS possible to live your days with joy and confidence, regardless of your temporary circumstances.

In the meantime, won’t you please join me in praying for Steve Jobs and his family at this time?

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