11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
-Most of us have the idea that everything in our lives would be okay if only we had more money, more power, more influence, or more of other such things; that our attitudes would improve along with our circumstances. The Bible teaches that such a notion is not so and that learning how to be exalted is just as important as how to be humbled. The most typical response when life goes “bad” is to get mad at God and either blame or doubt Him. Likewise, the most typical response when life goes “good” is to become indifferent towards God and forget that His was the hand that led you to success. Neither of these are good responses. Because of this, God will lead us down paths that will prepare us for our highs and also to prepare us for our lows so be mindful of both lessons. Only then can we declare just as Paul that we know how to be abased and how to abound.