Do Your Children Know Who You Are?

Steve Jobs revolutionized the way our culture communicates and listens to music. iTunes, iPod, iPhone and iPad have literally changed the way people live, work and think. Steve Jobs was a legend. However, there was one area Jobs recognized where he was lacking. Steve Jobs was a private man, apparently even from his own children. Several media outlets, including USA Today, printed this quote:

"I wanted my kids to know me," Jobs was quoted as saying by Pulitzer Prize nominee Walter Isaacson, when he asked the Apple co-founder why he authorized a tell-all biography after living a private, almost ascetic life. "I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did," Jobs told Isaacson in their final interview at Jobs' home in Palo Alto, California.

Millions have benefited from Jobs' creativity while his own children had to wait for his biography to know about their dad. In the world we live in we often benefit from the losses of others, even if we are unaware of this loss. Given a personal one-on-one setting, which of us would have been comfortable telling Steve Jobs to forfeit his relationship with children so that we could have an iPhone? Because we didn't know Steve Jobs, we didn't have that choice.

How many of the benefits of modern life that we enjoy have come about at the price of broken marriages and families? Much of the music that enriches our lives has come from the pen of troubled artists. Movie stars capture our affections on the screen, but their personal lives are a sad testimony to the worship of self.

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]