For those not of the Doonesbury generation, this (at least) nine year old scene features two characters- Zonker is the perennial hippie / slacker who never seemed to grow beyond the 60’s / 70’s. He is presently crashing with some old college chums, BD and Boopsie, who married and are dealing with their own evolving circumstances, which includes their daughter, Sam. Zonker is earning his keep by being a child care provider for the kid – the job title punch line in the fourth panel that was slightly edited.
Far too often, as youth ministers, we have dreams of becoming a powerful, respected leader in our field… Taking the stage at a Franciscan or NCYC conference, writing the game-changer book, getting the recognition award that you are deserving, being surrounded by adoring young people who laugh at all our puns.
Powerful is when you share the stage with another bringing them to the fullness of their ministry. Power is listening to others and building off their ideas and visions. Respect is setting the table for others to shine. Respect is offering praise and encouragement.
These are the dreams of disciples and I need a dream like that.