God’s Word for Today: Mason. Probably one of the oldest trades known to man. Somewhere way back in the day, man figured out that if he piled rocks and filled the gaps with mud, he could create some decent walls that would withstand all kinds of weather. Man was no longer limited to a cave. Wood was cool and easy, but had a tendency to rot, get bugs, and have other concerns. But to be able to build shelter with rocks, now that was a little more permanent.
I admire and enjoy watching masons at their craft. Now, they have perfectly shaped bricks and blocks emulating rocks in all different forms and colors. Then you have those who can take concrete and make it into perfection too. It is hard, back straining work, and it is a craft to be proud of.
Today would have been my Dad’s 77th birthday. I miss him very much. Dad was a mason of a different form. He was a farmer by trade, and a Mason by choice. The area I grew up in had many men that were Masons. Many good men. A lot of them were farmers, but also business owners, doctors, lawyers, judges, truck drivers, welders, and actually almost every form of labor known to man.
They all became Masons to better themselves and to serve their fellow man. They all had/have a very strong belief in God. They passed this on to the next generation. I can’t say we did as well, or as much as they did, but we have tried.
Now, these Masons of my Dad’s generation are slowly being called back to their Great Creator. Another good man went home the other day. His funeral was yesterday. The list is shrinking here on Earth, it is growing in Heaven. God is receiving some good men who are going to continue their work for Him in heaven.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.
Whenever I discuss Masons and being a part of the Masonic fraternity, I receive a lot of mixed reactions. Some good, some indifferent, some downright offended. It is sad.
If you look up Masonic Lodge online, there is a majority of websites dedicated to destroying or telling false truths about it. Why, I don’t know for sure. Typically, it is because of a lack of truth. I would challenge any of the writers or opinionated people to criticize the men of my area who were Christians first, good family men second, hard workers third, and were only Masons because it offered them a chance to improve on those first 3.
The same could be said about some of the different Churches of our time. If you research with any kind of curiosity via Google, you will find that pretty much all Christians in some form or another are just plain terrible people. Catholics are terrible and worship the Pope. Jehovah Witnesses have some secret stuff going on and knock on too many doors. Baptists spend too much time washing away their sins. Methodist are, well Methodist. Evangelical tend to talk funny and roll around in the isles. I hope you get what I am referring to.
Today’s scripture points one toward finding the truth first. It points to the direction that Jesus came on this earth, to lead. That direction is love. That direction is not judging others. It is each person finding the truth in their own way. We are all very different. There are several ways to praise, worship, learn, teach, share, and most importantly, love.
Today, if you are spending too much time finding the evil in others, you might be doing it wrong. I know the evil in me. I know what I have done wrong. I know I am far, far from perfect. But, because of the Grace of God and the Sacrifice of Jesus, I am really trying to be better. I seem to always fall short of others expectations, but God and I are working on His expectations for me. It is a good direction to follow…………………
Prayer: My Heavenly Father creator of the Ultimate love, I thank you for loving me. Forgive me God, for my faults. Forgive me for finding fault in others. Help me to be the person you created me to be. Help me to be the best I can be. Help me to simply love others above all things. Let me rejoice in your Truth, God. In Jesus, whose truth leads to protection, trust, hope, and perseverance, name I pray. Amen.