This is a story, whose author is unknown and which may have been told in different ways over the years, but has a strong Masonic message:
A Mason, who always wore his Masonic ring and lapel pin in public, on some occasions rode the bus from his home to the downtown area. On one such trip, when he sat down, he discovered that the driver had mistakenly given him a quarter too much change.
As he considered what to do, he thought, “You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.” Then he thought, “ It’s just a quarter, no one would bother with this small amount.. Anyway, the company gets enough fare and they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and stay quiet.”
When his stop came, he paused at the door and then handed the quarter to the driver and said, “Here, you gave me too much change.” The driver smiled and said, “I noticed your Masonic ring and lapel pin. I have been thinking lately about asking a Mason how to join. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. You passed the test. Can you tell me how to become a Mason?”
When the Mason stepped off the bus, he said a silent prayer, “O Grand Architect of the Universe, I almost sold you and my beloved Masons for a mere quarter.” Our actions are the only Masonic creed some will ever see. This story is an example of how people watch us as Masons and may put us to the test without us realizing it.
Remember, whenever you carry the name or a symbol of Masonry in public, you can never tell who might be watching.