Finding Your Path In Life

by Midnight Freemasons Contributor
Todd E. Creason, 33°

Find a path is not always so easy
Sometimes people are surprised to learn that I've not been a Freemason for a very long time.  I was raised a Master Mason in 2005.  I was in my late thirties, I'd been married for about seven years, I was very accomplished in my job, I had a good reputation, owned a home, new cars, and we had a lot of very good friends.  In other words, we'd been pretty successful in life so far.  But there was something missing, and I just couldn't put my finger on it.  I was looking for a new path in life, but I really didn't know where to look for it.  My fascination with Freemasonry is finally what made me wonder if that wasn't where the answers lay.

I couldn't have been more right about that, and it didn't take long to figure it out that path forward.  One of the first things I learned in a Masonic Lodge was the difference between being accomplished and needing a purpose.

Freemasonry's goal is to make good men better.  I think a lot of that is helping Masons find a purpose in life.  That purpose varies from Master Mason to Master Mason, but I know for a lot of us, that purpose usually involves making the world a better place.  Some work helping children grow up strong and healthy.  Some work with veterans.  Some work with the elderly.  Some work to help shape our young people today.  Some work within their communities to make those places better places to live.

Most Masons know that a life without a purpose is a life unfulfilled.  And the main difference between an accomplishment and a purpose, is that a purpose usually makes a positive difference in the lives of others.  And that is at the heart of what Freemasonry is all about.

My life has never been the same since I joined a Masonic Lodge.  I can never go back to the person I was before I became a Freemason.  I would never want to.  I think I've learned the true secret of Masonry.  It's that the secrets of Freemasonry aren't hidden within the walls of a lodge, they reside in the hearts of men.


Todd E. Creason, 33° is the founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog and continues to be a regular contributor.  He is the author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemasons series.  He is member of Homer Lodge No. 199, and a Past Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL).  He is a member the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, the York Rite Bodies of Champaign/Urbana (IL), the Ansar Shrine (IL), Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees, and Charter President of the Illini High Twelve in Champaign-Urbana (IL).


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