Steve Jobs was the founder and CEO of Apple Computers. Few people would debate that Jobs was a visionary thinker. Even if you're using an Android touchscreen phone to read this, you owe a lot of that experience to Steve and his team at Apple. The first Android prototype was more like a Blackberry than an iPhone... until Apple revealed the iPhone, and Google had to go back to the drawing board. I guess you could say he... just thought different. His different thinking set Apple on a trajectory to be the most valuable company in the world.
But Steve's life was just as fragile as anyone else's. In 2003 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The prognosis of most pancreatic cancer is very poor, but Jobs had a form that could be treated. Steve always thought different. Rather than immediately beginning treatment by medical professionals, he turned to alternative medicines that included veganism, acupuncture, herbs, and even a psychic. In the end, they proved ineffective and after nine months Steve finally conceded and tried the proper treatments. But it was too late. In 2011 Steve Jobs died in his home surrounded by his family due to complications with pancreatic cancer.
Even though Jobs would go on to live eight more years, Harvard researcher Ramzi Amri said that his choice of alternative treatment "led to an unnecessarily early death." Even more harshly Barrie Casslileth, chief of the oldest and largest private cancer facility in the U.S. (MSKCC) said, "Jobs's faith in alternative medicine likely cost him his life.... He had the only kind of pancreatic cancer that is treatable and curable.... He essentially committed suicide."
It's a tragic story and one that, late in his life, Jobs admitted was a mistake.
Steve had the right diagnosis. He even knew the proper treatment, but he decided to forgo the advances of modern medicine and fix himself his way. It didn't work.
Tomorrow we get to hear from Dr. Jesus. He gives us the diagnosis of our hearts and the cure for what's really wrong. We have a choice, try to fix what's broken in us in our own way or trust the one who knows what's really wrong and how to fix it. Sometimes a diagnosis is hard to hear, but when we know what's wrong we can begin to take the proper steps to fix it. We'd love to have you join us for worship tomorrow!
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