I hope everything has been going well for you.
Today I would like to talk to you about the perpetuity of the fraternity. I want each of you to think about this one question. Will the fraternity be alive and strong ten years from now and if so, am I doing my part to make it happen? Too many times we live in our own little shell and do not think about the consequences of our actions. Just this week I was told by another brother about an incident that occurred on his way to work. He was coming up on an intersection. The light was just turning red. The car in front of him ran the red light, cutting off cars that had the green light and narrowly avoided an accident. Now here is the worst part, the car had three Masonic emblems on the trunk. What kind of message does that send to people about the members of the fraternity? Can you imagine the reaction that this incident caused? It has been scientifically proven that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore, if we keep these types of reactions going that are causing our membership to decrease and our Fraternity to be inactive or ineffective, then eventually our Fraternity will flounder and cease to exist. It is our distinct obligation to our forefathers and our duty as a Mason to do something to cause a positive reaction in the Fraternity and our communities.
Brethren, something very special occurs within you when you join the Masonic Fraternity that is unlike any other organization you belong to now, or may join in the future. When you become a Mason, you obligate yourself to a life of service to your fellow man and to set the example in your community. When people know that you are a Mason, they expect more from you than they do other people. Your attitude, manners, dress, speech and actions need to be a cut above the norm. You are a marked man and must act as such. Doing anything less brings dishonor to your family, your community, your brethren, and the Fraternity.
Too often we sit idle and do nothing. This type of action results in a zero reaction.
Is this the type of Mason you unknowingly are? Do you just sit there and watch the world go by? Are you afraid to take a chance? Would you rather have someone else do the work and you just reap the benefits? If so, then maybe it is time for you to change. Do something for your lodge or the Fraternity to have a positive effect. Talk to a man about the fraternity, introduce a young man or woman to our youth groups, show your Masonic pride by living up to your obligations. With YOUR help our Fraternity can flourish. Without YOU, our Fraternity will surely cease to exist.
Take a moment of quiet time to reflect what you have done for the fraternity since you were raised. Ask yourself, have I done enough? Am I doing my part? Can I do more? Do I just offer lip service? If you can look at yourself in the mirror and answer positively that you are doing your part for the Fraternity, then I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you are not, then I ask you to set aside some time from your busy schedule and revisit your obligations. I do not feel this is asking too much. I just believe that each of us can help a little. One man alone cannot lift a boulder. Many men joined together can move mountains. Join hands with your brothers and spread the gift of Freemasonry to your family, your community, and the world.
Together we can "Share the Light" and show the world that being part of the Masonic family is a great way to live. Have a great holiday season and I'll talk to you next year.