ON BEING WORSHIPFUL MASTER

I believe that being a worshipful master of any lodge is one of the toughest jobs a brother can pursue. The reason I believe this so strongly comes down to a simple principle; everyone who attends Lodge, or those who don’t attend Lodge regularly, has their own definition of what it means to be a good master.  Think about it, every brother has their very own personalized and polished concept of what a master should and should not do to be effective. And therein lies the problem, every Brother measures there master by their own definition. You could probably see where this is going.  Most every brother who has called me worshipful master has measured my calling by their definition.

This is why I believe a great number of masters are stricken with internalized anger, frustration, burnout, and cynicism. No, you’ll likely never see it, or at least you won’t see it until the bitter end it arrives, when he’s ready to resign and walk away.

Is every master bitter, angry, frustrated, and cynical? No of course not, but every master faces these discouraging cycles quite often throughout his year, and there is something you can do about it – yes there is something you can do, and you can start today.

Encourage your master, because I can promise you, you do not actually encourage him as much as you think you do. Your encouragement lives in your mind, but it rarely finds its way to your mouth. It’s human nature, and we all make the brutal mistake of encouraging someone in our minds but failing to encourage them with our words. Speak life into your masters bones and speak it often.

Give him permission to be the man God has called him to be without projecting into his life your definition of what his calling should be. Yes, you have leadership concepts that you believe are central to the lodge, and that’s good. However, your master is not going to fit precisely into your job description. Can you imagine having 47, or more!, different job descriptions? That’s manic, and yet it’s what a master deals with daily, so be easy on him. You can be the one person where, when his phone rings and he sees your name, he doesn’t think, good gosh. What now?

I can promise you, your master is a good man. Yes, he’s imperfect, yet in all of his imperfections, he’s doing what he feels is best to lead you and your lodge toward a meaningful obligation. Be easy on him…

Samuel Bennett, PDDGM

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