Apple. (butter)

I was going to write a post tonight about how I infused butter with apples and cinnamon and made a sandwich. But then Steve Jobs died. And suddenly it seemed really insignificant and stupid to blog about a topping for steak bread. So instead I'll just show the pictures and write what I'm really thinking.

Yes, I know I didn't know him personally and of course there are so very many sad stories from friends and friends of friends that could easily fill this page as well, so I'm not sure why Steve Jobs' sickness and death has bummed me out so much over the last few months and today. But maybe because it really made me realize that it doesn't matter how much money, or power, or authority, or great ideas you might have. None of those things matter in the face of death.

Yes, Steve received better medical care, surgeries and a transplant that an average non-billionaire wouldn't necessarily have access to or be able to afford. But in the end, today, his outcome was the same as anyone else. And that is humbling in so many ways.

He seemed to have such a clear perspective on death and mortality. Something that at 28 years of age is still so unfortunately elusive to me. I read his famous commencement speech a few weeks back and I know it's been quoted a million times over but maybe we all need to be reminded a million times more:

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

There are no guarantees. Maybe we should all start following our heart a little more.


  1. Follow your heart... using your God-given gifts and abilities to make a difference in this world and knowing that to die is gain for those who believe in Christ.