Been a while...
Came across this great sentence in Gospel Transformation Bible Notes section commenting on Paul's ministry in 1 Corinthians 4.
"Rather than viewing leaders like him through a lens of human accomplishment and boasting, believers are to imitate their "ways in Christ (4:17), which include: (1) delighting not when others recognize our wealth and power (v.8), but when our foolishness, weakness, dishonor and desperate need are put on display for all to see (vv.9-12); and (2) enduring hardship with Christlike compassion, even praying for those who treat us like "scum" and "refuse" (vv.12-13)."
GTB, pg 1534 Notes section
That's tough to swallow, but I'm sure it brings us to treasure Jesus more.