I Love You Just the Way You Are
By Billy Joel
Donít go changing
To try and please me,
You never let me down before.
Youíre too familiar
And I donít see you anymore.
I wouldnít leave you
In times of trouble,
We never could have come this far.
I took the good times,
Iíll take the bad times,
Iíll take you just the way you are.
Donít go trying
Some new fashion,
Donít change the color of your hair.
You always have my
Although I might not seem to care.
I donít want clever
I never want to work that hard.
I just want someone
That I can talk to,
I want you just the way you are.
I need to know that you will always be
The same old someone that I knew.
What will it take till you believe in me
The way that I believe in you?
I said I love you
And thatís forever,
And this I promise from the heart.
I could not love you
I love you just the way you are.
When I sense that God is speaking to me through a secular song, I realize I must listen discriminately. For example, I donít imagine God would ever say, "I never want to work that hard." But I do know that He says He doesnít want us to try to be "clever" in our praying, but to just come to Him and talk. (See Matthew 6:6-8.) Often I change the words so the song will speak the truth more clearly. Just the process of thinking about it, though, helps me meditate on what it really means to be loved by God.
The best part of songs like this is that Iím likely to be shopping for groceries, for instance, and be interrupted by the awareness that Jesus is singing to me through the p.a. system!
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