In honor of our nation’s celebration of Independence Day, PBS aired a documentary of the religious views of our founding fathers. I was reminded how fervently these leaders relied on their faith and allowed their faith to guide the principles on which this great nation of was founded. They did not impose their faith on fellow citizens, yet were compelled to follow the precepts of their faith to form the enduring statutes that made the United States of America a beacon to the world.
Recently I attended a series of local school board meetings. A board member stood to inform those present that he would no longer say the words “under God” when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. He talked of creating a compliant environment that not only allows, but invites students to ignore the words, “under God” if they wish. Fellow board members nodded in resignation if not support. I can’t believe that I was the only attendee experiencing shock, sadness and dismay.
The Stewardship Foundation proudly supports the Christian values espoused by our founding fathers. We further believe that those who desire to take God out of the public forum and out of our schools create a recipe for disaster. When a key ingredient is removed from a recipe it can alter the very flavor or texture that makes it great.
We assure you, the Christian values of the Stewardship Foundation will not change. We will always support life, faith, family, and religious freedom. We invite those of you who have private or family foundations to consider placing your foundation under the Stewardship Foundation. If you are worried or concerned that your children or grandchildren will not honor the values you intended to animate your foundation, then the Stewardship Foundation can provide the assurance that your legacy and core values will endure. Contact us to see how we can assist you.
On this July 4, 2013, we invite you to spend a few moments learning more about the lives and words of our Founding Fathers.
The opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics is only hours away. Those on the planning committee have been preparing the host city of London over the past four years. If you have read or seen interviews of those in charge you get the sense that the city is ready – ready to host the world.
We will be treated to a magnificent display of talent and pageantry. While watching the extravaganza we may fail to appreciate all the hard work that led up to this moment. The performers want you to enjoy their efforts without analyzing or adding up the hours spent by the performers. However, they know and we know their proficiency was developed and executed over time.
After the opening ceremonies we eagerly await the competitions. We will cheer for our home athletes and we will marvel at their skill. We will be treated to many stories that will trace the journey of these athletes and their families. A common theme that will emerge is that many, many hours of practice and preparation were necessary to give these athletes the opportunity to compete for the gold medal. Parents and families sacrificed much to assist their athletes in their quest for gold. No doubt we too will shed some tears of joy when our athletes successfully achieve the medal for which they dreamed. They and their families may never be able to fully express their feelings while standing on that podium. All they might be able to appreciate, as they gaze out from the podium, is that the journey is worth it. They will not feel the need to explain to us how difficult the journey was or how many times they fell, or almost failed. They will just want us to enjoy this success with them.
The legacy planning the Stewardship Foundation invites you to explore parallels the Olympic journey of those hosting the events and the athletes competing in them. Legacy planning requires that you plan for future success and the “gold” you wish to leave your family and the charitable causes you support. The decisions you make now, and the plans you implement, can have a positive affect those important to you. And like the gold medal athlete basking on the podium, you too can rejoice in the fruit of your legacy that you started today. You will not have to explain the sacrifices you made to your family or the benefitting charity; you will rejoice knowing those you love and support will benefit from your gold medal foresight.
Contact the Stewardship Foundation to start your legacy today.