The story of Steve Jobs, creator of too many things to list, childhood is interesting. His birth parents gave him up for adoption because his mother’s parents didn’t approve of the relationship. Steve’s birth father was Muslim and his birth mother was Catholic. He was placed in the home of Paul and Clara Jobs.
When Steve was young one of his neighborhood friends asked about his birth parents. “So does that mean your real parents didn’t want you?” 10 little words that stuck him like a fist to the face. He ran home crying and distraught to ask his adoptive parents. Both of his parents looked at him intently, eye to crying eye and said, “We specifically picked you out.” They repeated it again, slowly, “We – specifically – picked – you – out.”
Steve was abandoned, given away as a child but he was also chosen. Mr. Jobs knew from his parents that he was special. They tried to give him everything he needed to fulfill his potential. Steven Jobs the great innovator of the Mac computer, Ipod, music delivery, Pixar, etc knew that he was extraordinary. He was ridiculously intelligent, inventive and his parents instilled in him, his unique greatness.
I’m like that and so are you.
“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)”
“He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.” – Ephesians 1 from the Message
I’ve been adopted by better parents than Steven Jobs had. My parents have given me everything I need to be great. You won’t see me on the cover of Time magazine anytime soon but God has given me immeasurable worth and value. He has a fantastic plan for me. That great truth that shapes my life doesn’t mean that I will be perfect or that everything will go as I plan. (Even Steve Jobs got ousted from Apple for a while.) It does mean that God has a long range plan for me. His plan will produce better long term results than any plan I can imagine.
Yep, me and Steve Jobs, we’re tight like that.