Just the Way You Are

I recently discovered the Light 70’s station on Pandora and have found my new happy place. Much to my son’s dismay, our car rides have transformed into trips with the BeeGees, Barry Manilow (did you know he wrote Mandy about his dog?) and Christopher Cross just to name a few. J now knows every word to Brandy.
 
So the other day I was walking around with my music in my back pocket before I sat in my prayer chair. I took out my phone and left it playing on the table, which I never do if I plan to sit for daily guidance. I asked aloud what message Spirit had for me that day. I usually wait in silence but this day Billy Joel answered my question. Billy said, “I love you just the way you are.”
 
Now I’m aware that God speaks to us through what we see and what we hear and that moment, God was channeling Billy Joel.
 
I’m all for personal growth, I build my life around it – developing awareness, facing the shadow, being proactive about change and contributing to the collective but I got to thinking…
 
Can you imagine a life where you live every day knowing you’re enough, God loves you just the way you are, no improvements needed. No change required.
 
We look for Billy’s words in our romantic relationships but I reread them as if God was singing them and I invite you to the same. Just for a minute, read these words as if God/Spirit/the Divine were saying/singing them to you, because God said them to me in my prayer chair so you better believe this is a message for you too.
 
With all our imperfections and “wrong doings” and desires to do over, if we can believe, even for a couple of minutes, these words from the Divine, it will be a better day…
 
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
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Billy Joel
Just the Way You Are lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management