Thursday, August 25, 2005

A Great Example of Perseverance and Change

You know them well and, if you're like me, they have been part of your life -- all your life. Blondie and Dagwood celebrate 75 years next week.

Their story is interesting because the world has changed a lot in 75 years. So has the comic strip. The strip has had to change its focus and its cartoonist without losing its central characteristics. On the website is an old strip of when they were married and Dagwood was subsequently disowned by his family.

Here are a few of my observations and lessons for church:

  1. Human nature hasn't changed in 75 years. People, and cartoon characters, still get into the same kinds of messes.
  2. The key to changing and surviving crises is strong central elements. Strong characters and situations have allowed Blondie and Dagwood to survive for a long, long time.
  3. It takes a community to make something successful. You don't survive 75 years without a little help from your friends. This is evident by all the cameo appearances of other cartoon characters in their strip this week.
Happy Anniversary Bumsteads!

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