I Like You Just the Way You Are

I like you just the way you are.  Mr. Rogers used to say that.
Everywhere we turn we hear  we are not good enough.  Not smart enough.  Not rich enough.  You name it the world is telling us we’re not doing enough.  Yet we are killing ourselves trying to do too much.  Our bodies were not created to withstand the intense stress we put on them.  We must rest, or we will not continue to function.
In college I would watch Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, just to see Fred Rogers look into the camera, right at me and say, “I like you just the way you are.”  I believe God says that to us as well.  That doesn’t mean we can’t always do better, but we need to learn when enough is enough because we will never be able to do enough to please the world.
Let’s listen to those comforting words from Fred Rogers one more time.

13 thoughts on “I Like You Just the Way You Are”

    1. Thank you! I miss Mr. Rogers. I am so glad he made that video and talked directly to his “kids” who are all grown up now. I think episodes of at least clips of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood are probably still available online.

  1. Reblogged this on Key Image and commented:
    I had not heard of Mr Rogers until I saw this clip on a blog I follow called Espirational…what a lovely thing to say to people. We need more people like this in the world. I hope when you watch it your mood lifts as mine did.

  2. I never heard of this bloke before probably because of me being an aussie.I LOVE HIM but more importantly he said exactly what I say to the many young people who are in my life. I am a loving encourager and this Mr Rogers is too.
    Thank you for this (as usual) inspiring, encouraging, loving post. <3 <3 <3

    1. Mr. Rogers was the host of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood for many years on American Public Television. His show remained low tech and emphasized encouraging children to use their imagination and think creatively. He was a very gentle, soft spoken man. He passed in 2002 and I am sure he is still missed by many. Here’s a link to a Wikipedia article about him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Rogers

  3. Hi I saw a few more of Mr. Rogers inspirational videos and feel like watching them all. He’s just so amazing giving love and hope to so many. I thank you too for this post.

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