1. Amanda

    So sorry to hear about Hobbles… It is truly amazing the lessons of life that can be learned from these types of situations. It reminds me of how “counter cultural” we are called to live, and what I’m curious about is your perspective in how to live counter culturally in a way that actually spurs others to consider making changes in their own lives, (instead of them just thinking you are crazy, LOL!). What do you think it will take to get actually promote enough positive change in individuals that it results in broader cultural change? I know that education and awareness is key, which is why I love your books so much, but do you think there is more that can be done?

    On another note, how do your children deal with the loss of the animals? How do you talk to them about it? My friend is raising guinea fowl and has had some of the chicks die or hatch prematurely and the kids (ages 4&6) are really struggling. Any ideas?

  2. christine

    Great questions, Amanda. How to live counter culturally in a way that really inspires change (versus stand-off-ishness)? That’s a lifelong quest of mine… Definitely building trust over the long run by showing oneself to have genuine wisdom, not just zeal, is one key. And in any situation, I think it just requires a lot of sensitivity to know whether speaking (or acting) out in disagreement with others is going to be beneficial in the long run, or just lead to misunderstandings and divisions. So sensitivity and wisdom–two things we can never have enough of.

    As for kids and losing animals? Also a great question I find helpful to think about. Yes, my daughter was the one who suggested we bury the first chick we lost, and I was glad she did, since it felt like a good sense of closure and I was glad she handled it so maturely and tenderly, but not flippantly. I’m thinking that question could inspire an entire blog post, but the short answer is, we’ve tried not to hide death from our kids, since it’s bound to surprise us all in various ways through our lives anyway. They’ve seen dead animals in many forms, along with some very sick people, and we’ve always tried to talk very honestly about these things with them, telling what we believe and why, and never hiding the fact that death is tough and real, but not insurmountable because of Christ. So I’ll work on that blog post…

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