Two Lives ... Two Deaths

>> Saturday, October 8, 2011

The October 6, 2011 edition of the USA Today carried a front page picture of Steve Jobs. More than one page was dedicated to telling the story of his life in the technical world. As I read the words, I searched for some information about his personal life. Was he married? Did he have children? But his story was about money and inventions. Buried deep on the second page was a personal paragraph.

Yes, he was married … and had four children.

More technical information … and then a surprise portion. He was born to unwed parents … adopted … and at one time lived in a commune … becoming a Buddhist.

By age 25 he was a self-made millionaire … and soon the world would know his name.

The very same paper carried another story of life and death. It was on page three, tucked inside a story about someone else. An inset showed a small picture of Rev. Shuttlesworth, who died on Wednesday.

I had never heard of him.

He was born in Alabama and became a pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham. Very active in the civil rights movement, his life was constantly in danger. Once, when his house had just been blown up, he escaped unhurt. A police office at the scene (who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan) told him he needed to get out of town as quickly as possible. Rev. Shuttlesworth’s answer, “I am not leaving. I wasn’t saved to run.” He helped organize the Freedom Rides that challenged segregation in the South.

He preached his final sermon at the age of 84 … and died at age 89. In 2008, the Birmingham Airport’s name was officially changed to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Two very different lives.

Our technical world would not be where we are today without the creative mind of Steve Jobs. I used my iPad to search for information for this blog. My iPhone is in my pocket. And these words are being typed on a laptop.

Hooray for technology.

Yet, where would the civil rights movement be today without the brave people who fought unbelievable hatred and archaic laws so that one day a black man could attain the status of President of the United States.

It matters not if we are white or black … illegitimate or not … wealthy or poor. When death comes, all that matters is that we are ready.

God doesn’t play favorites.

“People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.” Isaiah 26:4-6 (MSG)


Catrina Bradley... October 8, 2011 at 6:23 AM  

Great post, Joy. Thanks for the reminder of what's TRULY important in our lives. Bless you!

Kim Russell October 8, 2011 at 7:14 AM  

Good stuff, Joy. Sometimes we need to back up and regroup our priorities.

Joy Bach October 8, 2011 at 9:28 PM  

Thanks so much for your comments. Love you

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