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Local News 5.1.2018

An Odyssey of the Mind team from Pella is advancing to the world competition on May 23-26 in Ames. Pella Community School’s Division I team placed first at the state competition in April.  Odyssey of the Mind is an international creativity competition that helps students develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and subjects like math, language arts, among others.  Pella’s teams began practicing last October; At the beginning of the season, teams are given five long-term problems to choose from. Pella’s Division I team chose, “A Stellar Hangout.” The team had to create a scenario centered on a science fiction hangout that included three original characters, foods and a search for space treasure. Pella Community School’s Division I team will compete against 800 other teams representing more than 26 countries at the worlds competition.

Governor Kim Reynolds stopped by recently to visit with the assembly workers at the C & C Manufacturing plant in Ottumwa.  Company executives President Gaylon Cowan and Vice-President Geoff Cowan, told Reynolds C & C Manufacturing is bringing in plenty of business — but they could use more of the great workers they rely upon.  Starting almost 25 years ago in a 10-foot workspace, C & C Manufacturing now occupies a 150,000 sq/ft production facility; One piece of equipment the governor asked about was the car crusher, or “logger,” which can turn an SUV into a refrigerator-sized package in roughly one minute.  They also produce snow removal equipment is in use at such international airports as John F. Kennedy in New York.

 

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The Greatest Attitude
15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15
David now proclaims to God that his life is in His hands. This kind of attitude will keep us walking steady without responding negatively to all the evil in the world. This perspective will also keep our heart bent towards God no matter what the cost. David remembers God is in control of not only his life but the very cosmos he is living in.

Many of us struggle through life because of our attitude towards our troubling situations as we grant the circumstances of life permission to guide our attitude. For most, if all threats are gone in life our attitude can remain positive and fortunate. However, the minute we experience an unfortunate occurrence, our attitude can plummet. We have to make daily choices of how we will remain by saying “my times are in your hands.”

It is a matter of choice of how we will or will not be provoked by our troubles. David’s attitude rose above his life-threatening circumstance to realize God is in control. I wonder if he knew deep in his heart, that if the current situation took his life, the battle would be over. God will carry us through all battles of life but only if we allow His involvement. If we choose to dwell on the negative, is there any room for God’s participation in our life? What would happen if we agreed with David and said, “My times are in your hands.”

Today in the Workplace
How is your attitude towards the troubles of life? Surrender control today and find the joy of the Lord.
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