When I moved there ten years ago I knew it would be a place that would make me risk, a city where I would make friendships and test out dreams, a place where I would put down roots for years. I did not realize it would be a place where I would learn to love.
I thought I knew how to do that already and did it fairly well. Little did I know that the next ten years would be full of "love lessons," not necessarily the romantic kind, although there was a lot of learning in that area as well, but of the straight up human kind.
LA captivated me, it's a place of beauty, a place of diversity and different cultures, sets of beliefs, ideals and goals that rivaled my own. I realized I knew nothing about loving others well. I tended to only love those who i agreed with or understood. My judgements of others interfered with how I saw them and if I loved them well, or at all. Thankfully as each year stripped away my gross outer layers and the Lord worked in my heart I saw people as people, not as labels, but as humans; eating, breathing, sleeping, hurting, laughing humans, just like you and I.
It gave me this daily prayer, "That I will love people well." I now know that LA prepared me for something much bigger than I ever realized. I was never there for a hit song or a taste of fame but for a life knowing how to love others, to see past the differences and look to the heart.
And to me that is a hundred times better than fame or a hit song any day.
Thank you LA for the last ten years! You were wonderful!