A good attitude can overcome a bad sense of direction

We all sort of looked at each other with a quizzical “whaaaaa” expression on our faces and then had our attention pulled back to the present by the appearance of Santa.


I stood in an intersection taking photos of a Christmas parade, something I have done dozens of times for various news outlets.

But this event marked the first time I ever saw some of the floats go the wrong direction.

It was near the beginning of Malakoff’s annual parade, which had a change to its usual route. I guess the new instructions didn’t reach everyone and the band, the sheriff and a couple of floats missed a turn.

I don’t think anyone watching realized the mistake until the rest of the parade went off in a different direction. We all sort of looked at each other with a quizzical “whaaaaa” expression on our faces and then had our attention pulled back to the present by the appearance of Santa.

Not long afterward, as the parade continued, the MIA entries reappeared after making the block and slid back into line. The band was still playing loud and proud and the sheriff and his wife smiled and waved at the crowd like nothing strange had happened.

And I loved every single minute of it.

Look, we all make mistakes, some more visible than others. Since we aren’t perfect, we’d better learn how to handle it when we goof.

The folks in Malakoff made a mistake but didn’t let that ruin their afternoon. They adjusted and got back on course and because of their awesome attitude, they blessed at least one person watching.

I have been studying Philippians 2:14-15 recently, particularly the call to “do everything without complaining and arguing,” and I have been thinking about how hard it has become for us to not grumble over everything.

I don’t mean the political kind of griping to which we’ve all become accustomed, but rather the daily complaining we do when the waitress gets our drink order wrong. The car in front of us doesn’t move fast enough. Our co-worker doesn’t do things just how we want.

That attitude destroys peace.

But today, instead of complaining or arguing, the folks in Malakoff put one foot in front of the other and wound up right where they were supposed to be.

I hope I can be as faithful the next time I get misdirected.

Thank you, Malakoff band, you guys were awesome!

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Author: Michael

Working in the newsroom, I had a front row seat as the internet just about killed newspapers. I knew I had to either evolve or risk becoming insignificant. So I changed. I learned how to build websites and blogs, and I used social media to go to my readers. Now the goal is to use what I've learned to honor God and serve my community.

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