Excerpt from Grace Notes: Daily Readings with Philip Yancey (eBook).
In his essay, “The Trouble with X,” C. S. Lewis points out that we spot a fatal flaw in almost everyone we meet, even our closest friends. We say about them, “He’s a very fine fellow, and I enjoy his company. If only it weren’t for his…” Yet we almost never see that fatal flaw in ourselves. We rationalize our weaknesses, explaining them away with references to our backgrounds or our good intentions.
Regardless of my accomplishments, my sophistication, my admirable traits, I must come to the humbling ground where I acknowledge I am not different from, but like every person who has ever lived. I am a sinner.