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William Carey (1761-1834) began his career as an uneducated shoemaker in England. He ended his life in India hailed as “the father of modern missions,” serving also as Professor of Oriental Languages at Fort William College in Calcutta.

And he was almost entirely self-taught. His accomplishments were almost inconceivable, but they were in keeping his motto: “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” 

While Carey was still alive, he was looked at as a legendary figure, a man who towered above normal men.

But rather than this flattering him, it disturbed him deeply.

And so he said to his colleagues and admirers, “You have been speaking about William Carey. When I am gone, say nothing about William Carey. Speak only about Willam Carey's Saviour.”

This echoes what Paul said to the Corinthians, writing, “So then, no more boasting about human leaders!” (1 Corinthians 3:21) Instead, quoting the Lord’s words through Jeremiah, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:31)

May that be our boast as well. Only Jesus receives the praise...

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