If you grew up in a household where you experienced scarcity or had to wait in long lines to get your next meal - your shame was not in vain.
If you had to share a bed, and boiling hot water to bath - your shame was not in vain.
If you shared your clothing and socks with your brother or wore the same outfit while others had the next branded shoe - your shame was not in vain.
If it seemed that you were the least among your neighbors, and purchased from the Church thrift shop - your shame was not in vain.
All of these and many other inconveniences were preparing you to be a blessing at a time like this.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.