My name, Dorothy, is of Old Greek origin and it is used mainly in English. The meaning of Dorothy is 'gift of god'. It is a biblical name derived from doron which means 'gift' ; theos 'god'. The name was borne by two early Christian saints, notably the 4th-century virgin martyr Saint Dorothea of Caesarea.
In the Bible, a name denotes the character of a thing. The problem with many of us as we leave Black History Month and dash into Women's History Month and all the other celebrated man-designated months --- whatever it is we are on the outside, is what we will celebrate along with a world that doesn't know the God of the Bible as we should, on the inside.
So we act according to the characteristics of what that external characteristic is, but most of the time, not in accordance with the character of who we are.
Who are you? Do you know? Are in character or out? I remember going on a VIP behind the scenes tour at Disney World. I remember us going through this long hallway like tunnel where all the characters would mingle and where there was this huge wardrobe room. I mean huge. And one of the things I will never forget is this - no matter who those people were we met and who they may have been personally, Disney World required that they always be "in character." It didn't matter if Snow White was really Mary Jones. The moment she set foot on Disney property, she was in character as Snow White.
Do people know your character? Do they know you by your character? One of the immutable things about God's character is that He doesn't change. He's the same yesterday, today and forever.
People don't want to believe this, but it's true. God is predictable. Why do I say this? Because He never acts outside of who He is - He never acts outside of His what? Character.
We know the consequences of sin because He tells us what He will do in response to it. We know what He will do when we seek first His kingdom because He tells us. God cannot lie. It's not His character.
So back to my question, what is your character? Do you know? When people see you, encounter you, interact with you, do they first have to wonder which Mayor, City Councilperson, Tax-Assessor Collector, Judge, City Manager, Supervisor, Director, Employee, will show up today? It's not about our title, but character.
We are known by our character. Not what we are --- but who. And as people of God we, no less than Disney, should always be "in character."
Moses asked God who should he tell Pharaoh sent him, God said tell him, "I am that I am sent you."
Because the character of God is immutable and unchangeable. So should be ours. Show up each day in character!