Reading the following passage from today's reading was what got me to thinking about this memory of meeting Yo-Yo Ma:
I consider myself as the most wretched of men, full of sores and corruption, and who has committed all sorts of crimes against his King; touched with a sensible regret I confess to Him all my wickedness, I ask His forgiveness, I abandon myself in His hands, that He may do what He pleases with me.
One of the key characteristics of those who walk closely with God is a sense of complete humility. Here, Br. Lawrence sounds a lot like the Apostle Paul, when he wrote, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost" (1 Timothy 1:15). I have found in my life that the people that seem to walk the closest to God are also the people that are most aware of their own sinfulness. It seems that the closer one is to God, the more aware that person is that he/she doesn't even compare to God's holiness and God's goodness.
I'm embarrassed to say that there are times that I still think "Well, I'm not as bad as so-in-so" or "At least didn't do _____" or even "When is someone going to recognize that I did ______." I have to admit: I have a long way to go. What about you? What thoughts come to mind when you read a passage like this or see someone with this level humility?