I had the whole discography of Rascal Flatts in my computer, but I didn’t have the initiative to transfer them into my cell phone. It was until I heard the Leighton Meester’s cover of the song “Words I Couldn’t Say” that my interest was drawn to the band and discovered that they actually have a lot of meaningful songs.
One of my favorite Rascal Flatts songs is ‘Like I Am’. Yes, it’s a wonderful love songs about being loved for who you are. But as I listened to the song more and more, I realized that it’s not necessarily something dedicated to you by your lover, but it could be a song you dedicate to God, you father, who unconditionally loves you despite all your flaws and shortcomings that He sent us his only son, Jesus Christ to save us from our sins.
The chorus of the song goes like this:
When you say that I’m one of a kind
Baby, I don’t see it but you believe it
That I’m so strong and true, I promise you
I’ll try to be that kind of man
Because you love me like I am
This part of the song reminded me of what was instilled year after year in my CLF (Catholic Life Formation Classes) in high school. The year always open with a lesson about being created in God’s image and likeness. (Gosh, I miss CLF classes) I firmly believe that we, human beings are innately good as our Father in heaven is. Yes, we fall into sin but only because we went astray and we lost direction in life. We are blinded by materialism and greed and a beguiling security we feel with having the wealth, power and fame. Those times we committed sin, we lost our identity as children of God. We lost faith in ourselves that we could ever be good again.
I think that is why some people lost faith in Reconciliation. They think that they’ll never be forgiven. But they’re wrong, we are wrong, if we think that. Yes, we sin a lot, but God still loves us. Not because we are sinners, but because He knows that we are innately good like Him. God’s unconditional love for us, challenges us to live up to his expectation of us. We should try to be that kind of people; we should live out the inherent goodness we are created with because we are loved like we are.