Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Matthew 5:6 (ESV)
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 1:21 (NIV)
Hungry in Silicon Valley
I was born in 1965 in Walnut Creek, California and for the first five years of my life lived in Hayward and Fremont, California.
These communities are a little less than 25 miles to the north of Silicon Valley, California
At about that same time, Silicon Valley was “put on the map” with companies like Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Intel.
My father moved our family a year after my brother was born, in 1969, back to the Chicago area. My mom’s and dad’s families were both from Chicago.
Living so near Silicon Valley must have done something to me however. Soon after we left, the predecessor to the internet was developed there. And two young men named Steve – Jobs and Wozniak – created the Apple I personal computer and the corporation that still bears that name (and still headquartered in Silicon Valley).
Fascination with Computers and Steve Jobs
From 1978 on, I’ve always had a fascination with computers and I’ve always had a fascination with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. One of my first computers was an Apple (and Apple ][), and I still use an Apple iPhone and iPad every single day.
I felt a deep regret in 2011 when Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer. I had wanted to meet him for decades, to be able to talk with him about starting Apple and his philosophy of technology, business, and even life.
Since his death, I’ve read everything I can find about Steve Jobs and have watched nearly every documentary there has been about him and Apple and the birth of Silicon Valley and the personal computer revolution.
Jobs’ Commencement Speech
In the Spring of 2005, Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech to the graduating class of Stanford University in Pao Alto (next door to Silicon Valley).
At the end of the speech, he referenced “The Whole Earth Catalog” and its final issue with its final statement, “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
This resonated with me in a deep way. I think I understand what he meant by quoting it. He was telling us how he lived his life from the very beginnings of Apple Computer.
(You can hear the Steve Jobs Commencement Speech at Stanford University here. The quote from The Whole Earth Catalog begins at 13:09.)
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
Where have I heard that before? I realized that it resonates with me because I have heard it before.
The Bible says pretty much the same thing in Matthew 5:6 and 1 Corinthians 1:21!
Stay hungry – that is, always hunger (and thirst) for the righteousness of God.
Jesus lived a perfect life 2000 years ago to be our righteousness by faith. We are given his righteousness by God as a free gift (often called the “imputed righteousness” of Christ, which is specifically taught in Romans 4). This is how we are saved from sin, death, and the power of the devil!
Stay foolish – that is, continue to proclaim what the world consistently considers foolish. That God would become a human being and save fallen humanity by shedding his blood on the cross and dying to forgive all our sins!
I don’t think Steve Jobs meant all this when he said his philosophy of life was to “stay hungry, stay foolish.” But it certainly is a great way of life for the Christian, don’t you think?
Let me know in the comments section below!
Heavenly Father, help me to stay hungry for righteousness and to proclaim what the world considers foolish. Help me to proclaim that Jesus is our Lord and Savior from sin, death, and the devil. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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