(December 25, 2014)
Moving and progressing line upon line is something that I struggle with. I reach the point where I want to improve my life, and I desire that the changes that I want to implement will go into effect quickly. I want the conversion of Alma the Younger or the conversion of Paul. To be fair, one of the reasons I feel that way is the fact that the Lord has seen fit to bless me with just such a conversion a couple of times in my life. But because He gave me dramatic change before doesn’t mean that He will give me dramatic change always.
Instead I find myself pushing against my weaknesses – taking steps forward and steps back. Over the course of time with my efforts, I can see the progress that I have made. It is sometimes slow and painful, but I am a better person now than I was, say, four months ago (even though I have had no similar quick change in those four months).
Line upon line and precept upon precept is the way that I need to learn to live my life. I need to develop that patience and continual effort even when that effort seems to accomplish little. Because as long as I am moving forward, regardless of the speed, I will eventually reach Him over the course of an eternity.