by Senior Midnight Freemason Contributor
WB Gregory J. Knott
Work - like you don’t need the money
Live - like you’ve never been hurt
Dance - like nobody’s watching
Sing - like nobody's listening
Live - like it’s heaven on earth
I found these words on the backside of a tombstone during a walk in a local cemetery recently. This cemetery is located in the country, well cared for, and is a quiet place to contemplate life. I didn’t know the person whose grave they marked, yet they spoke to me loud and clear as if to grab my attention telling me to pay attention.
To me, the message is simple: work hard, forgive others, live every day with meaning, and don’t spend time worrying about what others are thinking of you. Most importantly, spend your life in a way that uses the most of every opportunity presented to you with faith, family, and friends.
Heaven in a religious context is a place of perfection, without pain and suffering and made by the hands of God and is prepared for you in the hopes that one day you will arrive after death. Life on earth of course is not perfect, has troubled waters just around every corner, and can be full of disappointment and regret.
Yet striving to live like it is heaven on earth, can help you set a goal of personal self-improvement, cherishing your family members, and working towards helping build your community to be a place that is better for everyone.
None of these, in my opinion, can be achieved without faith. Putting your faith in God is the foundational element in living life like it’s heaven on earth.
Midnight Freemason founder Todd E. Creason published a piece on his personal blog about faith and the conversation he recently had with a friend. I encourage you to read this piece to find a further perspective on the topic of faith. You can find the article at: https://toddecreason.blogspot.com/2021/07/being-transformed.html
WB Gregory J. Knott is a founding member and Senior Contributor of the Midnight Freemasons blog. He is a Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL) and a plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL) and Naval Lodge No. 4 in Washington, DC. He’s a member of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, Eastern Star and is the Charter Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club No. 768 in Champaign-Urbana. He is also a member of ANSAR Shrine (IL) and the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. Greg serves on the Board of Directors of The Masonic Society and is a member of the Scottish Rite Research Society and The Philathes Society. He is a charter member of a new Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter U.D. and serves as its Secretary. Greg is very involved in Boy Scouts—an Eagle Scout himself, he is a member of the National Association of Masonic Scouters. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org