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  • 1. The Calcutta Paradox Presented by: Todd Lee MayfieldCALCUTTA PARADOX
  • 2. HABITUDESThe Calcutta ParadoxPresented by: Todd Lee Mayfield
  • 3. The Calcutta Paradox Humility is magnetic in a leader. When we “Under-Speak” with regard to our value, others are drawn toward us and our influence increases. When we “Over-Speak,” others are repelled. When it comes to self-description, leaders know people will fill what is lacking and empty what it too full.
  • 4. The Calcutta Paradox"Loneliness is the most terrible type of poverty."-Mother Teresa
  • 5. Mother Teresa Her order became the largest world wide Inspired seven other organizations Won the Nobel Peace Prize 1979 Harvard Graduation Before Presidents Most influential women
  • 6. Mother Teresa“I am just a pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to world.”
  • 7. Mother Teresa“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
  • 8. John The Baptist  John 1:23-26  John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, Make straight the way for the Lord. "Now some Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" "I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."
  • 9. John The Baptist John 3:26-30  They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him."  To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him. The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegrooms voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”
  • 10. George Whitfield “Let the name of Whitfield perish, but Christ be glorified. Let my name die everywhere, let even my friends forget me, if by that means the cause of the blessed Jesus be promoted. But what is Calvin, or what is Luther? Let us look above names and parties; let Jesus be our all in all- So that He is preached… I care not who is uppermost.
  • 11. George Whitfield I know my place… even to be the servant of all. I am content to wait until the judgment day for the clearing up of my reputation; and after I am dead I desire no other epitaph than this, “Here lies G.W. What sort of man he was the great day will discover.”
  • 12. The Calcutta Paradox Proverbs 25:6-7 “Do not exalt yourself in the kings presence, and do not claim a place among great men; it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.” Proverbs 27:2 “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.”  People will fill what is lacking and empty what it too full…
  • 13. Humility is the keynote: Humility  Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. --Saint Augustine
  • 14. Humility Humility is freedom from your own driven ego. --Martha Kilpatrick Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. -- Vincent de Paul Humility is nothing else but a right judgment of ourselves. --William Law
  • 15. Humility There is no room for God in him who is full of himself. --Martin Buber Humility is offering no resistance to the dealings of the Lord with us. --Chip Brogden Humility is to make a right estimate of ones self. – Charles H. Spurgeon
  • 16. Humility The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. He has accepted Gods estimate of his own life: In himself, nothing; In God, everything. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring.-- A.W. Tozer
  • 17. Results of Pride God’s opposition - James 4:6, Proverbs 15:25 God will detest you - Proverbs 16:5 Disgrace - Proverbs 11:2 Destruction - Proverbs 16:18 Dissention- Proverbs 13:10 A ruined life -Proverbs 29:1 Poverty and shame- Proverbs 13:18
  • 18. Results of Humility Grace- James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5 Exaltation- 1 Peter 5:6, James 4:10, Luke 18:14 Wisdom- Proverbs 11:2 Honor - Proverbs 15:33 Deliverance from wrath- Zephaniah 2:3 Greatness - Matthew 18:4 Wealth and life- Proverbs 22:4
  • 19. Humility James 4:6  But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Luke 18:14  "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
  • 20. Signs of Pride (VS) Humility Proud people focus on the failures of others and can readily point out those faults. Humble people are more conscious of their own spiritual need than of anyone elses. Proud people are self-righteous; they think highly of themselves and look down on others. Humble people think the best of others; they esteem others better than themselves.
  • 21. Signs of Pride (VS) Humility Proud people have a critical, fault-finding spirit. They look at everyone elses faults with a microscope and their own with a telescope. Humble people are compassionate-they have the kind of love that overlooks a multitude of sins; they can forgive much because they know how much they have been forgiven.
  • 22. Signs of Pride (VS) Humility Proud people have an independent, self-sufficient spirit. Humble people have a dependent spirit; they recognize their need for God and for others. Proud people have a feeling-conscious or subconscious that "this ministry or organization is privileged to have me and my gifts." They focus on what they can do for God. Humble people have a heart attitude that says. "I am blessed to have any part in this ministry" they know that they have nothing to offer God except the life of Jesus flowing through them.
  • 23. Signs of Pride (VS) Humility Proud people have a drive to be recognized and appreciated for their efforts. Humble people have a sense of their own unworthiness; they are thrilled that God would use them at all. Proud people feel confident in how much they know. Humble people are aware of how very much they have to learn. Proud people are self-conscious; they worry about what others think of them. Humble people are not preoccupied with what others think of them.
  • 24. Signs of Pride (VS) Humility Proud people cant bear to fail or for anyone to think they are less than perfect. This can drive them to extremes- workaholic tendencies; perfectionism, the tendency to drive others or to place unrealistic expectations on themselves or others. Humble people recognize and live within God-given limits.
  • 25. Signs of Pride (VS) Humility Proud people keep others at arms length. Humble people are willing to take the risks of getting close to others and loving intimately. Proud people are quick to blame others. Humble people accept personal responsibility and can acknowledge where they were wrong in a situation.
  • 26. Signs of Pride (VS) Humility Proud people wait for others to come and ask forgiveness when there is a misunderstanding or a breach in a relationship. Humble people take the initiative to be reconciled, no matter how wrong the other party may have been. Proud people are unapproachable or defensive when corrected. Humble people receive correction with a humble, open spirit.
  • 27. Signs of Pride (VS) Humility Proud people want to be sure that no one finds out about their sin- their instinct is to cover up. Humble people arent overly concerned with who knows or who finds out about their sin- they are willing to be exposed if it is for the glory of God. Proud people have a hard time saying "I was wrong; will you please forgive me?" Humble people are quick to admit their failure and to seek forgiveness when necessary.
  • 28. Signs of Pride (VS) Humility Proud people tend to deal in generalities when confessing their sin to God. ("Dear Lord, please forgive all of my sins...") Humble people are able to acknowledge specifics when confessing their sin; "Lord I agree with you that I have been ungrateful lately; I confess that I am being selfish; I have a critical spirit; I have resentment..."
  • 29. Signs of Pride (VS) Humility Proud people compare themselves with others and feel worthy of respect. Humble people compare themselves with the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for His mercy. Proud people find their worth in who they are better than, rather than in what God thinks of them.
  • 30. The Calcutta Paradox Humility is magnetic in a leader. When we “Under-Speak” with regard to our value, others are drawn toward us and our influence increases. When we “Over-Speak,” others are repelled. When it comes to self-description, leaders know people will fill what is lacking and empty what it too full.
  • 31. Questions to ASK? How do I handle confrontation and criticism? Do I focus on peoples failures or their potential? Do I look down on others? And feed my ego on their failures? Do I secretly think slanderous thoughts of others? Do I criticize people?
  • 32. Questions to ASK? Am I ready to be judged by God in the same way I judge others? Do I want mercy for myself, but justice for everyone else? Have I forgotten all that I have been forgiven for? Do I like exercising authority over others?
  • 33. Questions to ASK? Do I feel superior to others? Do I advertise my successes? Accomplishments? Do I try to make others walk away feeling like champions or inflate their opinion of me? Do I advertise all your knowledge and experience? Do I try to win every argument? Do I always try to get the last word?
  • 34. Humility Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
  • 35. The Calcutta Paradox Luke 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will behumbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
  • 36. The Calcutta ParadoxWe’ve got some deep classes at HA…this one is real practical.I encourage you guys to take time and flip back through the images and think on their meaning
  • 37. The Calcutta ParadoxAre you the Iceberg? What’s under the surface will sink you?Starving Baker? Are you really fed or too busy in life (that’s not just a challenge here!)Emotional Fuel—where do you get it?Oversized Gift?Do you hate the pop quizes in life?Has reverse mullet passed you by?