As You Are LyricsThe World says that you’ll never be anyone That you’ll never do anything at all with your life And some say that you’re just not up to par According to the charts you have failed Ask yourself before you buy what they claim Chorus What does God say, what does God do He says, do not be ashamed that’s how I made you Takes you to his mirror, dries up your tears And He says you’re beautiful, so beautiful and I love you as you are, as you are Verse 2 The world Says I am a self made man That I don’t need to understand at all God’s Way’s And some say, a million bucks is all you need It’ll bring all the joy and peace you need in your life Ask yourself before you buy what they claim Chorus What does God say, what does God do He says, spread the love within that’s why I made you Shows you what you need, so you can live in peace And He says you’re beautiful, so beautiful and I love you as you are, as you are When the world sees bad, God sees good When some say you can’t, God says you could if you trust in Me The World Says six months is all you have to live We can’t find a cure for this, we have tried What does God say, what does God do He says, show the whole world the faith I gave you Takes you to his mirror, erases all your fears And He says you’re beautiful, so beautiful and I love you as you are, as you are Yes He loves you as you are
I taught for 10 years in a public school and I have been a father for 16 years, so I have attended a few meetings on the assessment of kids’ abilities. This song was written in response to an experience I had while attending one of these meetings at school. According to the charts and compared to others kids their age, some children were labeled as under par. I understand the need for assessing students in order to be able to understand each one’s strengths and weaknesses. Yet, on the way home I was bothered by some of the comments that were made in the meeting. I kept asking myself, “What does God say about them”? Some may not be good at math or English, but do they work hard, and do they do their best with what God has given them. I then started thinking about how success in society is sometimes reflected by money, yet how does God measure success? That night I started writing “As You Are”, for all kids and adults who question their abilities to succeed.