Leaving_a_Marital_LegacySteve Jobs died on October 15th, 2011, only one day after the company he founded launched yet another revolutionary product into the world of mobile technology. He was 56 years old, a multi-billionaire, the founder of Apple, Inc., and one of the most iconic business personalities and inspirational technology leaders in the world.

If you were to ask anyone who follows tech news what Steve Jobs’ legacy looks like, and you gave them a small list of images to choose from, most of them would probably choose something like the little hand-held device he is holding in this picture.

If you were to ask someone how one might describe the impact he has had on the technological and business world, they might say things like, “I’ll never look at desktop computers the same way because of his innovations,” or, “I don’t even remember how I listened to music before my iPod.”

Of course, Jobs’ professional legacy created by his product innovation and vision is underscored by his personality flaws and management style. Fortune magazine called Jobs one of “America’s Toughest Bosses,” and said he was “considered one of Silicon Valley’s leading egomaniacs.” Some of his colleagues say that he was prone to fits of temperamental anger, in which he would flagrantly fire employees, and was also reported to be such a perfectionist that a mere, “Good job,” from Steve meant that you hadn’t failed to meet the minimum requirements of perfection.

Regardless of Jobs’ management style and long list of personality flaws, he has produced some of the most revolutionary personal technology devices. He literally changed the way people fundamentally feel about phones, computers, and music, and that success has even impacted adjacent industries, like news, shopping, gaming and marketing. It’s given the world of technology and business something to think about, something to strive for, to admire.

There are people in your world; jaded people, apathetic people, people with no hope that their marriages have a chance to succeed, people who settle for marriages that “just get by;” people that have no one to show them how to create a positive marital legacy. Will your marriage be able to revolutionize the way people feel about a Christ- centered marriage? How will your marriage create a lasting marital legacy? Will it be remembered for its love, commitment, and disciplined desire to please the Lord by blessing your spouse and others instead of yourself?

Obviously the principles of business, hiring, firing, accountability and discipline don’t directly apply to your marriage, but certain correlating areas of marital responsibility, that you as a spouse can focus on, will not only make your marriage faithful and “efficient,” but transform it into the most God exalting, Christ-treasuring ministry in your life and in the lives of those who are blessed by it.

So how do you accomplish that? It’s easy enough to say “I should simply let the power of God work in my life, instead of pursuing my own selfish ambition.” But what does that actually look like?

This month, be on the lookout for attitudes and practical ways you can elevate your dependence upon God to transform your life and marriage by making it less about you.

Here are some questions to consider:

What type of marriage legacy are you leaving behind? 

What type of impact is your marriage having upon those around you?

How do you want your children and family to remember you and your spouse? 

Finally, ask God to show you areas in which you can leave a better marital legacy.  Next time we will talk about some ways you can harness and use the things God shows you.


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