Wilberforce did not like himself. He was a diminutive edition of a man and never enjoyed good health. For twenty years he was under doctor's orders and had to take drugs to keep body and soul together. Yet he stopped the British slave trade. Boswell once went to hear him speak and said afterwards: `I saw what seemed a mere shrimp mounted upon the platform, but, as I listened, he grew and grew till the shrimp became a whale.'
The most stimulating successes in history have come from persons who, facing some kind of limitations and handicaps, succeeded splendidly in spite of all. Once, when Ole Bull, the great violinist, was giving a concert in Paris, his A string snapped and he transformed the composition immediately and finished magnificently on three strings.
The Apostle Paul who was one of those that `turned the world upside down' as a missionary, and who has given the Christian Church, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, such a wealth of doctrine in his Epistles, said of himself that his bodily presence was weak and his speech contemptible: and he suffered with `a thorn in the flesh'.
(Rom. 8. 26; 2 Cor. 12. 7, 10)