Influencing Culture

Influencing Culture

An Interview with Dr. Quantrilla Ard

The Best Kept Secret with Liv Dooley Featuring Author, Speaker, and Literary Agent, Dr. Quantrilla Ard
Author, Speaker, and Literary Agent, Dr. Quantrilla Ard

I never thought I would struggle in a conversation about goodness. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that God is good. However, I’m grateful that my sister in the Kingdom, Dr. Quanny, came alongside me to have this conversation because it’s one we need to have.

The Conversations in our Culture Encourage Us to Challenge God’s Goodness But Today, We’re Challenging the Culture

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And it is dangerous. The word tells us that in the last days people will be lover of themselves and we will call good, evil and evil, good. We’re seeing this happen before our very eyes, and if we’re not careful we’ll become desensitized to those things that we should shield ourselves from.

Today, we’re coming together to have a conversation on how to rise above the culture to influence it for Christ instead of allowing it to influence our connection with Him.

The word goodness in Galatians 5:22 can feel very elusive at times, and sometimes we fail to work to develop those parts of the fruit or ask God to cultivate them within us simply because we’re not exactly sure what they mean. This is where our Bible study comes in handy.

The word goodness is translated from the Greek word agathōsynē. It is defined as virtue, uprightness of heart and life, as well as kindness. See, I told you all of the parts compliment each other. They literally define each other. 

Still, some of those words mean very little in our language today. Even more, they’re hard to pursue when they’re still so confusing to us. What does it mean to be upright in your heart? Well, let’s talk about it. It means to be honorable, to have integrity (to be whole and undivided).

Hmmm…

where have we heard that before?

Goodness is inherent to God’s character, and He defines what goodness is: not our experiences or our emotions. Our God. Just because we like something doesn’t mean it’s good, and just because we don’t like something doesn’t mean it’s good either. Y’all know we all liked that one boy who was just no good for us. Why? Because it felt good to like him. Even the Bible tells us that, “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” (Proverbs 9:17) However, it goes on to say, “But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.” Translation? It may feel good at the moment, but it’s not good for you.

In order to identify something as good, we’ve got to look back at the One who created everything to see what He calls good. When Holy Spirit is within us, we should love what God loves. So what does the Lord call good? I’d like to invite you to think about that today.

Today, Dr. Quanny helped to answer the following questions:

  • When you think of God’s goodness, what comes to mind?
  • What kinds of things have led you to question God’s goodness?
  • How do you show goodness to others even when it’s hard to find something good within them?
  • How can we continue to encourage the culture to turn to Christ instead of allowing the culture to turn us against Him?

I also asked Dr. Quanny a bonus question on humility-just for fun! She is literally one of the most accomplished women I know (and I know a lot) and yet, she is also one of the most humble. Today, I’m grabbing a pillow off the couch and sitting at her feet to learn.

Dr. Quantrill Ard

The reality of the situation is, regardless of what we think goodness looks like, God is still good-even if that does not mean that what we see around us feels or looks good.

Dr. Quantrilla ard

A passionate creative at heart, she has answered the call to encourage women in all stages of life and of various backgrounds through empathy, transparency, and love. Because she leads a full life as a wife, homeschooling mom, newly minted PhD, writer/speaker and literary agent, Dr. Quanny often finds herself in the thick of problem solving at any given moment. Dr. Quanny has a multidisciplinary background in public health and health psychology, both professions that speak to her desire to prevent suffering at the physical and emotional levels. You can follow Dr. Quanny on Instagram here or on Facebook here.

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