Making Good Men Better

Making Good Men Better

If you were to ask 20 people what it meant to them to be a Freemason you'd get 21 different answers. But what does it mean to me and why is it in my "Dad" blog?

Without recalling the history of freemasonry, which you can Google on your own, it is simply the art of "making good men better." Last night at +Holyrood Lodge I completed my Fellow Craft degree and will be raised to the sublime degree of +Master Mason at the end of this month. But I digress... Last night I stood there and did something that I haven't been able to do in a long time; I listened. I listened as a 60-something year old man told me about his 31 year old daughter as he recalled the "piano lessons, the dance recitals, the horse riding, saving for college" and on and on as I thought to myself "does it ever end?" He finished his story with "but that's what it's all about, right?"

I asked myself, what is 'that' of which he is speaking of? 'THAT' is the giving of yourself until it hurts, taking 800mg of Motrin, and giving some more. Letting your children live life to the fullest so that they can have the opportunities you didn't. Jesus said that He came so that we "may have life and have it more abundantly." I'm not going to question a dude that walks on water so you can postulate that on your own time. Our children are already "alive" but are they really living?

Tomorrow I'm going to wake up at 0600 on a weekend and take my eldest daughter to her second swim meet while her youngest two siblings and I cheer her on. My eldest son is going with mom to his weekly golf lesson and we'll get home around noon and do something together for a few more hours before I get ready for work the next day and that's it. That's life. That's what I do.

To me, the best part of Freemasonry is listening. Knowing that the people I have surround myself with, fellow husbands, fathers, grandfathers, and even great-grandfathers, have more wisdom than I do about certain subjects and I can shutup and just listen.

My grandfather told me an old proverb... "It is better to remain silent and let men think of you a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." Make sure that what we're telling our children is right. Make sure that it is virtuous and moral and not leading our children into darkness because we decided to open our mouths and remove all doubt from our children's trust that we are fools.


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