Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence...(1 John 3:18-19)
I can never fully rest in Jesus if I am constantly trying to fill my soul with the affirmation and admiration of others. It will wear me down and wear me out. Rest only comes when I am not dancing for others anymore, not jockeying for position in their hearts and minds. Rest only comes when, by God's grace and power, the chains are broken that bind me to the care of what others think and say, and I am able to fully attach myself (my value and my worth) to him, and him alone. Only then can I truly rest. And only then can I truly love.