The best high-and-low experience I had was when I was living in Uganda and joined a mission to the former child soldiers in Gulu, the same kids you see in the movie, Machine Gun Preacher. We brought tons of donated food and showed the movie Jesus with a running Acholi translation. We had to use a generator to show the movie on a projector, as there was no electricity.

We stayed in one of the “nicer” huts, which was literally a big mud circle with a concrete wall and an aluminum roof. The toilet was a separate little outhouse, complete with insects of all shapes and sizes. (On one occasion, I counted 18 spiders!) In the evening they brought us one jerry can of boiling water and another of cold water, and we had to mix them in a third bucket and take our showers behind the hut, under the stars. We ate a lot of interesting food, such as a spread made of blended termites. Not my favorite.

After a few days there, one of my coworkers and I had to return to Kampala. Some good friends of ours, the directors of the main telecom company, were leaving Uganda and we were invited to a big farewell function for them. In just a few hours, we went from blended termite paste to enjoying a multi-course dinner at the Sheraton five-star hotel and watching the biggest celebrity singers in the country perform. My friend and I loved the fact that while getting the royal treatment was wonderful, having come from a place where people had so little and we had to “rough it” made us that much more thankful.

Paul said in Philippians, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” That’s what made him truly realize, in the very next verse, “I can do all things through Christ.” He knew it wasn’t his own amazingness that accomplished anything, and he gave God the glory for the good he was able to do.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.—C. S. Lewis (1898–1963)

Psalm 118:24 ESV / This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV / Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Colossians 3:17 ESV / And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


  1. June 12, 2017, 7:13 am   /  Reply

    Iam very happy share with you this testimony its very good to be close to God , because we all go through difficulties but God is on your side we shall not fear anything .he protect us he is our refugee .that’s the way we came from our house was like a hats but now because of the will of God .we have toilets inside the house. Thamk you Jesus no one like you lord Amen

    • Dayra Z Barnfield
      June 12, 2017, 9:18 pm   /  Reply

      Amen Salome, He is wonderful and always take care of his children!!

  2. Avis
    June 12, 2017, 2:06 pm   /  Reply

    Thank for the lesson. My baby girl just graduated from high school and my oldest is moving out and it is a bit overwhelming. But i have to know what state i am in i must be content. I can’t run from God but run to God. With my question and concerns. And that mean even when you don’t know what to do. You have to be content.

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