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    As a lover of Christ and a pursuer of truth, I write down my joys, memories and reflections.

    May God lead us all into the secret of His presence, and build us into the oneness of His body in love.
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A Steve Jobs’s quote

You know, one of the things that really hurt Apple was after I left John Sculley got a very serious disease. It’s the disease of thinking that a really great idea is 90% of the work. And if you just tell all these other people “here’s this great idea,” then of course they can go off and make it happen.

And the problem with that is that there’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product. And as you evolve that great idea, it changes and grows. It never comes out like it starts because you learn a lot more as you get into the subtleties of it. And you also find there are tremendous tradeoffs that you have to make. There are just certain things you can’t make electrons do. There are certain things you can’t make plastic do. Or glass do. Or factories do. Or robots do.

Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently.

And it’s that process that is the magic.

Though Steve Job was speaking of designing a product in the physical realm. I learned a few things that can be applied to building up the church in the spiritual realm.
  • There is a need for use to have a vision. (The church as the body of Christ.)
  • There is a gap between a vision and its end goal (the New Jerusalem).
  • The realization from a vision to the end product (new requires skills (gospel preaching, laboring, eldership, shepherding, perfecting, prophesying, etc.)
  • The skills required to build up the church is not some kind of textbook knowledge or some formula that can be applied without considering the practical situation. The skills required are learning to depend on the living Christ to discern each situation and people, and act according to the Lord’s leading and presence.
  • This is because Christ is the only and chief builder of His body, and He alone knows people’s heart and expose all the situations.

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