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July 10, 2012

Oh Wow. Oh Wow. Oh Wow.

Steve Jobs was one of the great communicators of our time. His public speeches while unveiling an Apple product became legendary, and his commencement speeches were so memorable that people continue to quote them all over the world today. But, maybe his most profound, vivid and powerful words were spoken in the last 60 seconds of his life.

His sister, Mona Simpson, was sitting by his side when she heard the final words of this remarkable, visionary man. “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow,” he uttered. And then he died.

Everyone has talked about the great innovator’s last words. What did they mean? Was he looking into the glory of indescribable and beautiful heaven? Was he looking into the horrors of hell? Was he just coming to grips with the finality of the last few seconds of his life on earth?

I don’t know why Steve Jobs last words were ‘oh wow’, and I’m not going to speculate about it. But, I do believe every one of us at some point in our lives will experience an ‘oh wow’ moment — a time when everything will come into brilliant focus and we gain an amazing clarity on what really matters.

In one of his most famous speeches, the Stanford Commencement Speech, Steve Jobs said, “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.”

In the face of death, we will see clearly all the things we thought were so important and realize that many of the things we worried so much about will seem worthless, not worth one precious, sacred second of our time.

In the light of our last 60 seconds of life, that ‘oh wow’ moment, all of the things we thought were so valuable will seem completely worthless and devoid of any meaning. And if you don’t have an ‘oh wow’ moment in the last 60 seconds of your life, then certainly you will have an ‘oh wow’ moment in the first 60 seconds after you die.

In fact, in the first 60 seconds after you die, you will know exactly how you should have lived. If we’re a Christ follower, we’ll have an ‘oh wow’ moment those first 60 seconds after death because we will experience heaven — indescribable, perfect, beautiful heaven. It’ll be “oh wow!”

But then, we’ll also have an ‘oh wow’ moment right after that when we have a clearness and really begin to understand all the opportunities we wasted here on this earth because we acted like we would live here forever. We’ll ask, “Why didn’t I spend more of my time sharing the love of Christ and showing the love of Christ to everyone around me. Why was I so timid? Why didn’t I take chances? Why didn’t I take risks? Why did I care so much about what everyone thought about me? What was I thinking? None of that really mattered. All that mattered was showing the love of God and sharing the love of God. Why didn’t I spend more of my resources giving to make an impact for all eternity? Why didn’t I do something with my one-and-only life that would be left behind after I was gone?”

Well, it is not too late to have an ‘oh wow’ moment.