William Carey was one of the greatest missionaries who ever lived, and one of the greatest linguists the world has ever seen…Christian or non-Christian. William Carey translated parts of the Bible into no fewer than thirty-four different Indian languages. He began his life as a cobbler, fixing shoes. When he arrived in India as a missionary, he was immediately regarded with dislike and contempt because of the very stringent caste system that the people had been locked into for centuries. So, he was given absolutely no respect.
One time, at a dinner party that Carey was attending, a snob had the idea of humiliating Carey because of Carey’s low estate. So that all could hear, he said: “I hear, Mr. Carey, that you once worked as a shoemaker?” “Oh no, your lordship,” said William Carey, “not a shoemaker, only a shoe repairman.”
From John MacArthur’s sermon, Perfect Love: The Qualities of True Love (Part 2)
Isaiah 57:15: For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.