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Local News 10.10.2017

A one-year old boy has died after an accidental drowning occurred at a farm pond near Leighton on Sunday afternoon.  According to a release issued yesterday morning, members of the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office and Mahaska Health Partnership Ambulance were dispatched to 2292 Adams Avenue at approximately 3 p.m. for a call of a possible drowning victim.  Family members had started CPR prior to emergency crews arriving. Deputies and EMTs continued those efforts en route to the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospital, where the baby was declared deceased.  An autopsy has been scheduled with the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

Over 100 people enjoyed the beautiful weather Sunday as they gathered at Indian Hills Community College to help raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation.   Nine teams participated in what would be the sixth year for the Southeast Iowa Kidney Walk – this year participants raised over $8,500 at the time of the event, with the Community 1st Credit Union team gathering almost $2,500 of that amount.  Almost 96,000 Americans need a kidney transplant, but only about 17,000 patients a year will actually get one. 

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The Gift of Selflessness
Written by Drew Paden


"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
Philippians 2: 3-5

In a world that constantly preaches on capturing the "American Dream," and becoming "successful," it is easy to lose sight of a gift such as selflessness. While selflessness in the form of personal ambition and interests is a fruitful gift and one that we are called to have, we often forget about selflessness in our relationships.

In this passage from Philippians 2, Paul urges the church in Philippi to strip off selfishness in all areas of their life. It is easy to hone in on our visible actions, and material possessions but the Bible repeatedly gives us valuable wisdom on how to be selfless with them. But what does it mean to have this in relationships? Paul tells us right here: "value others above yourselves," and have the "same mindset as Christ Jesus." When you value the people in your life more than you value your own, your relationship with them is not affected by the bad days you have, or how you are feeling at the moment. It is not about what YOU want or need, but what THEY want and need and this is having the mindset of Jesus. He did not need to leave paradise to redeem the world, but We needed Him to. He displayed the ultimate sign of selflessness in His relationship with us.
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Our earthly relationships will grow and flourish when we live this way, but in our relationship with Jesus, it is a necessity. We cannot allow whatever we have done, and whatever is currently happening in our daily lives, to influence what is true every day. Jesus gave the sacrifice that never stops giving, and never changes. We have to build and develop our relationship with Him based on what He has done, and what He is doing, not the other way around. Having a selfless relationship with Jesus is to love and meet Him every day, because every day He is waiting to love and meet YOU.
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