In preparation for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, agents for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) raced to test 2,000 of the world's elite athletes. Athletes were randomly selected by the agency and were paid unexpected visits by the WADA agents. Once athletes were informed that they would be tested, they were not let out of the agent's sight. If they went to the locker room, so did the agent. Even when providing the actual sample, they were observed. There were even regulations for the athlete's clothes during the process: shirts to the waist, pants to mid-thigh.
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.