Critical Thought and the Pursuit of Contentment

February 5, 2024

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A conversation about resentment and the pursuit of contentment with Lisa V. Fields

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The Pursuit of Contentment

Welcome to our miniseries on contentment. Over the next five months, we are going to explore what it means to pursue contentment. We’ll talk about how it changes the way we live, love, and lead, and I hope you’re here for it.

Now, before we get started, let’s talk about what contentment is not. Contentment is not an excuse for passivity, disobedience, or complacency. It is a fine balance between faith and gratitude. 

Contentment is not the end of the road, a final destination we somehow get to, but a component that makes the journey easier and more fulfilling. It is the beautiful absence of strife, pride, and competition.

Contentment recognizes capacity and it yields to calling in whatever form it may come.

Today, we’re reflecting on Philippians 4:11-13 NLT:

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Meet Lisa

Lisa Fields, one of the world’s most sought-after Christian apologists, combines her passion for biblical literacy with her heart for sharing God’s love with all she meets. During college at the University of North Florida, she took a New Testament course that shifted the trajectory of her life.

Through the Jude 3 Project, Fields has hosted four Courageous Conversations conferences featuring prominent Black scholars from different theological perspectives, developed two apologetic curricula for churches and laypeople, curated a YouTube series called “Why I Don’t Go” addressing the pain points millennials have with the Church, led a historically black college and university tour answering the question “Is Christianity a White Man’s Religion?,” and curated a popular podcast covering everything from mental health to the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

Since starting the Jude 3 Project, Fields has received several honors, most notably, Christianity Today’s recognition of her work as an apologist in the African American community. Though these accolades have been encouraging, Fields continues to break new ground for the sake of the gospel by adding production to her resume. This past year, she helped produce and create two documentaries, Unspoken, an in-depth look into the Christian heritage of Africa and people of African descent, and Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom, through her partnership with Our Daily Bread.

Lisa is taking us behind the scenes to talk about how the pursuit of contentment showed up in one of the hardest periods of her life. I could not be more grateful for how she has invited us behind the scenes.


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There is nothing Liv loves to talk about more than the Word of God. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer. Liv is passionate about helping women enjoy intimacy and confidence in Christ.  When Liv is not writing, teaching, or podcasting, you can find her hiking a mountain, taking a road trip with her husband, or curled up in the corner with a good book. You can connect with Liv on IG at @candidliv.

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