Have Faith

by Midnight Freemason Contributor
RWB Michael H. Shirley

"My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty, it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein." –George Washington.

"Keep it simple" is a guide that rarely leads us astray, and it is a simple truth that "let George do it" is a temptation that grows as responsibility decreases. George Washington trusted others to do their best, and gave them the chance to prove their worth. Worshipful Masters well advised to follow this example. Show faith in those you lead and give them a task that will stretch them. They will almost always prove themselves adequate to its discharge. 


R.W.B. Michael H. Shirley serves the Grand Lodge of Illinois, A.F. & A.M, as Leadership Development Chairman and Assistant Area Deputy Grand Master of the Eastern Area. A Certified Lodge Instructor, he is a Past Master and Life Member of Tuscola Lodge No. 332 and a plural member of Island City Lodge No. 330, F & AM, in Minocqua, Wisconsin. He is Past Most Wise Master of the George E. Burow Chapter of Rose Croix in the Valley of Danville, IL; he is also a member of the Illinois Lodge of Research, the York Rite, Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees, Eastern Star, Illini High Twelve, and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.The author of several article on British and American history, he teaches at Eastern Illinois University.You can contact him at: m.h.shirley@gmail.com

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