Starting with yourself; Lets not lose sight of things
As Prince Hall Freemasons we are striving to build a better place and make a difference in our youths, schools, communities, and the world. But in order to do that we must first make a difference within our lives as individual masons then as a lodge. As a mason if your mind and thoughts aren’t right, then everything around you will seem out of order. If one changes the way he thinks, he changes the world around him. As men we were all once, and possible still are, in a rude and imperfect state but we as muster masons are constantly hoping to arrive at a state of perfection through education and through the blessings of Deity. A wise man once said, 1if you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make a change. (Michael Jackson) A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. (Mohandas Gandhi)
As masons we should be striving to become better men everyday by squaring our actions by doing the right thing even when no one is looking. It is easy for some to quote bible scriptures and tell others to do the right thing but it is harder for some saying it, to live by. We know that the bible is our rule and guide through our practice through life, but Let us not just memorize and say the word of God, let us live by the word and strive to be as perfect as He. “Thus he shewed me, behold the lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline; I will set a plumbline in the mist of my people Israel. In Amos 7 7:8 He speaks of a plumbline. A plumbline is a string hoisted with a heavy weight pulling the string straight down, thus making a tool for the perfect measurement. The wall He stood upon was made immaculate, because it wasn’t erected by being compared to another structure but it was built being compared to a true objective measure, that of a plumbline. How this relates to us is that our peers need men to look up to, someone to compare their lives too. We can possibly be plumblines to our peers even thou we know were not perfect, but we strive to be. If we can reach just one person, we are making a difference whether it is by giving them hope that they too can be better or maybe it’s by us donating to charity out of the goodness of our hearts and not the recognition. In the world we live in our peers true themselves to us, but who do we as masons true ourselves to? The scripture from Amos teaches us symbolically that Gods word is a plumbline, there is nothing more perfect than that to compare of lives and our nation to. We need to align ourselves with the words of God. From time to time we all may lose sight of things. This lecture was simply made to get us back on the right track and come together as a lodge and live up to the name that our Past Masters has built.
by Bro. S.D. Sharad A. McNulty
January 3, 2012