It is a great privilege


East Beauregard High Stadium. “Fields of Faith” last Wednesday

Wow.  Privilege

It’s become my favorite word.

It is a privilege.

It’s a way of looking at the opportunities (and challenges) of our lives.

It’s a privilege to serve, learn, grow, and be alive.

I had one of the greatest honors of my life this week.  Speaking to hundreds of high school students at our school’s “Fields of Faith.”

I was blown away by the spirit of the students.


The highlight of the event was testimonies by these students.  I've known each of these students since childhood.
The highlight of the event was testimonies by these students. I’ve known each of these students since childhood.

Left to Right:  Madison Budnik, Laura Anderson, Kolby Friday, James Bailey, Carson Campbell and Coach Mike Greene.




It was a Privilege to share a simple message:

You need to be saved by Jesus.

You need to be sold out to Jesus.

You need to be willing to be sent out by Jesus.

God blessed the entire event.


After the event, a new friend approached me.  “I heard you were sick and had to come home early from Africa.”

“That’s right.  In fact, this week is when we were scheduled to fly back.”

He looked around at the hundreds of students milling around on the field and in the stands.  “If you’d been in Africa, you would’ve missed tonight.”  He put his hand on my shoulder.  “I believe it was God’s will for you to come home early.”

And I believe he was right.

No longer did I feel so bummed out about leaving Africa without saying goodbye.  I was right where I needed to be.

God’s timing is always right.

And it was a privilege.


Published by Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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