James Smithson was a Frenchman who was cast off by his family due to his illegitimate status and shuffled off to another country, Great Britain.
In spite of his meager status and beginnings, Smithson committed himself to diligent study and became a well-known chemist.
Before he died, he dedicated his wealth to "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men" in a country he had never personally visited.
Because of Smithson's commitment to leave a legacy and to be a steward of the resources entrusted to him, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. is the world's largest museum and research complex.
Whether recent celebrations of Father's Day, Mother's Day, Armed Forces Day, or the Army Birthday - we celebrate these institutions because of what they represent: the quality of being trustworthy.
The bible makes this clear in an epistle from Saint Paul when he says, "moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy." In this case, it means someone who shows themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties.
Who, or what are you stewarding? Is the way you lead proving you worthy of the trust of your Soldiers, Airmen, or leaders? How about your Family and community?
LEADER PRAYER: Lord, may our solid moral and spiritual values, founded on your holy word, drive our decisions. Hope us to know that when we do that, our mission succeeds, our personnel and Families flourish, and we leave a good name for ourselves for your glory, and to honor the work of Jesus on the cross. Amen.