I saw the title of a book today, “Steve Jobs The Man Who Thought Different.” Now I know, I love Steve Jobs, but I want to focus more on the title, “The Man Who Thought Different”. To think differently, is to look at something twice. Two often, we are guilty at looking at things once.
If we have a problem, we size up the issues, determine a course of action, and proceed. That’s valuable, only if our first thought is the right thought. This is why The Lord says that their is safety in a multitude of counsel.
In other words, I may be looking at something with the wrong perspective. If I talk to others, their view point can save me a lot of trouble. To think differently shows maturity. As an impetuous young man, I charged ahead. Now, I’m a little older, and I walk slowly forward.
Before we dismiss our problem as inevitable, or unsurmountable, let’s stop a moment. Grab a cup of coffee, maybe a nap, spend some time in Prayer, and look at it again. We may find that what seemed so gigantic yesterday, is much smaller today.
Yesterday, I looked at something bigger and meaner than me. Today I see something much smaller than The God that I serve. A day before, I looked at it alone. Now I see it with a group of warriors on my side.
Steve Jobs surrounded himself with geniuses. People, whom he knew, could do what he could not do. Perhaps that is why he was able to look at things differently. He didn’t view them through the eyes of Steve Jobs the individual. Instead he saw things as Steve Jobs, head of Apple. A company accustomed to doing what others thought couldn’t be done.
So do you have a problem today? Close your eyes tightly, take a breath, and reopen them. This time, don’t look at it as John Smith, view it as a Child Of An Omnipotent God.
Steve wasn’t the only one who thought differently.
Isaiah 55:8, 9
“8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”