They tell me that this drive of mine to be accepted and respected is the result of a deficiency in my experience of God's grace. Once I am profoundly aware and convinced that God loves me and accepts me unconditionally, this pathological desire to impress and please people will whither away, they say.
But I'm not so sure. What if, having secured God's favor, I am left longing for a challenge? What if this acceptance through no merit of my own leaves me all the more desperate to claim some kind of achievement? What if the very fact that God's grace is given so freely carries with it the temptation to treat it as cheap?