What Taylor Swift didn’t Teach me about Love


“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone

I’ll be waiting, all that’s left to do is run

You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess

It’s a love story, baby just say yes”

I’m a big fan of Taylor Swift, I’ve listened to her most recent album so many times that I think even Joe knows the lyrics. But what’s really stood out to me is how what she sings about has changed so drastically. I mean, how did Taylor Swift go from this sweet and romantic view of love to singing about her “long list of ex-lovers”? It saddens me that somewhere along the line she left behind all her romantic dreams and became tougher.

Maybe she had be hurt, or maybe the romance wasn’t all it seems. Whatever happened, it seems like somewhere along the line she lost her innocence, she got dillusional, and she forgot what true love meant.

Or maybe she never really understood love in the first place.

Like so many of us. And if we don’t really understand love how can we ever really experience it.

Maybe like Taylor you have become so disillusioned in your experiences of love that there is a long list of ex-lovers. Or maybe you have been so hurt that you have given up on the idea of love altogether. Or maybe theres just this niggling feeling that there should be something more.

There should be something more.

Love isn’t all flowers and chocolate and running away to be alone together.  Real love is sacrificial, it takes work. Love isn’t something which we are naturally good at. And no man can ever love us in the way that we need to be loved.

No man can ever love us the way that we need to be loved. But God can. I know this because he created us, and I have felt his love, and I have never known anything like it

He invites us into a love story with him. A love story of a king and a bride. A love story where the king goes to the most extreme lengths to save his bride. A story where the king loves his bride exactly as she is meant to be loved.

God loves you like that. You are that bride. He loves you so much that he sent his son to die for you. He loves you more than you could ever imagine. Nothing that you could do can ever make him stop loving you, because he is love. And he will fight for you forever.

That’s the truest and purest and best love story ever. And you can have it. All you have to do is say “yes.”

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)


12 thoughts on “What Taylor Swift didn’t Teach me about Love

  1. Well.. you certainly nailed my monday morning work attitude……….. thank you your blog is inspirational…

    “start new – not with perfection in mind but kindness and love…..”

    Bless you



  2. That is sad. I listen to music very selectively, so I hadn’t picked up the change. I wonder how much of it is really her – or how much is what the record label says, sells. Many songs sung by artists are written by other, unseen faces. Hopefully, this one is an unseen author sales pitch but still… what an awful theme.


  3. I really like Taylor Swift too! But I do agree, her views of love have grown much darker as she has got older. I think sadly that is the experience of so many people – people hurt each other and it means they end up taking a dim view of things like love. Praise God we have Him as someone to turn to! Thank you for sharing this.!


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