Coach Johnson was about training character. He told his distance runners, "The tape for the 5K is not set at 4,999 meters. You will not finish this race until you have run at least 5,000 meters. Quitting is not an option. I don't care how long it takes you to run the race. But, you will cross the finish line. That's the goal and that will make me proud of each and every one of you." His team trained hard. Some runners were naturally better than others and had great times; but all ran with equal character. They finished the race each time.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
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.