Due to all of the time behind the wheel, I often play this little game in my head (it’s a very scary place…), where I take secular music and think of it in context of faith. Love songs and country western are the best to do this with. Hard core rap….not so much. But I digress….

This one has been one of my favorites. “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel. It’s almost like a letter from God. The only real thing I can find is that God does want us to grow and change in our relationship with him. So he doesn’t want us to stay where we are (in terms of faith), but he does accept us….Just the way we are….

Just The Way You Are
The Stranger Released: 1977

Don’t go changing, to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
And I don’t see you anymore

I wouldn’t leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times
I’ll take you just the way you are

Don’t go trying some new fashion
Don’t change the color of your hair
You always have my unspoken passion
Although I might not seem to care

I don’t want clever conversation
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 that’s forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are.