Thursday, October 6, 2011

Impact.


I didn’t really know a whole lot about Steve Jobs, nor did I really keep up with his story and obviously I didn’t know him personally.

But what I do know, he left a huge impact. He left a legacy. He had vision. Comments about him flooded the internet via facebook and Twitter, it was a little overwhelming and so touching.

Impact is defined as having influence or effect.

Whether you’re Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and an amazing innovator and a brilliant mind, or just an ordinary every day person, you do and can have influence and effect. It doesn’t take you being the co-founder of Apple.

Upon hearing about his death yesterday it got me to thinking about what kind of influence I want to have and what kind of mark I want to make in this world. 

In the “About me section” on the  upper right side of my page….. I wrote “ I want to look back and know that my purpose was served here on earth. That I loved God with my whole heart, loved people, and loved well. “

Hearing about the death of Steve Jobs caused me to reevaluate that. Take a look at myself. Am I living out my purpose? Am I loving God with my whole heart? Loving people? Loving well?

Steve Jobs purpose was served here on earth and he was brilliant at it. We’re all living out our purpose. And pray he knew and loved the God that quipped him with all those tools to live out that purpose each and every day.

I’m sure he had no clue the impact he had on this world and unfortunately most people don’t until they’re gone and it's too late.

As the comments kept flooding in about Steve Jobs….. I kept thinking to myself, I’m sure he would really loved to have heard all this while he was still here on earth. Teaches you to be intentional about letting others know what they mean to you and what their gifts, talents, and time here on earth has meant to you.

Because impact, we all have it.

Be intentional today. If you go to a store today and someone opens a door for you, take the time to thank them and let them know you appreciate it and appreciate them.

Big or small. It will make an impact.

"Your time is limited and so don't waste it trying to live someone else's life." ~Steve Jobs 

4 comments:

Jacquie said...

Nice post, Lauren!

Trina said...

I loved this: "Teaches you to be intentional about letting others know what they mean to you and what their gifts, talents, and time here on earth has meant to you.

Because impact, we all have it."

AMEN and AMEN! After losing my dad, I know the regrets of not having fully done this. And I'm trying to walk it out everyday.

Jenna said...

Did you watch his 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech? I think that is when he said that quote. It was really good - if you haven't watched it, it's about 15 mins long and on YouTube!

erinj0 said...

Love this. I hope that I am continuing to make an impact on my first graders every day :)

Glad I stumbled upon your blog! <3

xoxo
Erin