Thomas Jefferson was a man of amazing brilliance and wide-ranging achievement. Not only was he the author of the Declaration of Independence and president of the United States, he was also a philosopher, diplomat, inventor, architect, and musician. But there was one thing Jefferson wasn’t good at.
Throughout his life, Thomas Jefferson spent more than he took in. After his presidency, he couldn’t afford to care for simple household tasks, without the help of trusted friends. When he died on the fiftieth anniversary of Independence Day, his debts exceeded $1 million in today’s money. His heirs had to sell his beloved Monticello to pay them off.
The lesson? We all have a flaw. As with Jefferson, history may not broadcast your flaw, but as with Jefferson, it can have devastating results.
“Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking it all” (James 2:10).
Recovery Step: If your one flaw is lust, I suggest that even if everything else in your life is good, your life itself isn’t good. Get help immediately.