Another landmark on the way to holiness is to recognize that we are always in community, even when we are alone. God is constant communion with us even if we are not reciprocal. Anonymity is a killer of virtue and character. Many times a thing cannot be known without experiencing their opposite. Goodness, character, virtue, and morality are this way. Without seeing the good in God, it is hard to see the bad in the world. When we separate ourselves from community and act in anonymity, we are lying to ourselves and betraying goodness and this is a reflection of our character. Character is not relative to people, but to God. So to act without integrity in an anonymous moment, such as with pornography or online identities, we deny God. In theatrical play analysis, an actor begins analyzing a role by exploring what the character says and does. This is followed by a moment-by-moment description of the action the character is trying to achieve; this description is always described with verbs. This is how character is defined in a theatrical sense: with verbs. This is true in humanity, too. Our character is defined by what we do in community with God; therefore, it is defined by everything we do.
- I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, Let it be ratified in heaven.” Amen. John Wesley
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- “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” Thomas Merton