When you think of Albert Einstein, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Many of us know him as the father of modern physics, best known for his Mass-Energy Equivalence Formula, E = mc². Certainly, it is his talent for science and his high level of intelligence that stand out. Most of us, however, wouldn’t think of him when considering examples of the mind of a great steward.
But Einstein did have a perspective on stewardship. He was a genius who recognized his purpose and his need to give back, and one such quote is worth reviewing:
“Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to have a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we know that we are here for the sake of others. For the countless unknown souls of whose fate we are connected many times a day I realize how much my inner and outer life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
Like Einstein said, we need to exert ourselves to return back to others and to God for all that we have received. Even though it’s not physics, it’s what being a good steward is all about.