Devotions from Henri Nouwen’s book, The Inner Voice of Love

We need to be attentive to the inner voice so we can experience new life in freedom and joy.  We must stop seeing ourselves through the eyes of others whom we try desperately to please.  They can not give us our identity and we must let go of all self-made props and trust that God is enough for us. Only when we stop being a pleaser and reclaim our true identity can we be free. Gradually we have to move from crying outward – crying out for people who we think can fulfill our needs – to crying inward to the place where we can let ourselves be held and carried by God. No one person can fulfill all our needs. But the community can hold us and be the human hands that show us God’s faithful love.