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September 28, 2020 - Each piece of the puzzle

These two principles are true: (1) God has a plan for each of us, individually. (2) We can, line upon line, tap into God’s vision of what he wants us to do and become.

John Hilton III, "The Founder of Our Peace", Deseret Book, 2020

In today's world of instant gratification and instant answers, we have been trained that whatever we ask for, we can get...immediately.

Well God doesn't work like that.

His process is line upon line, little by little. Sometimes I think that I want to be a scriptorian, or a church historian. And I want that to happen next week. Or I want to memorize this, or that. And I want to do it today.

But I just need to focus on a piece of the entire puzzle, right now, until that piece is...not perfect, but near perfect. Then go to the next. Then revisit the first piece and make sure it still fits. Then, over time, line upon line, the bigger picture begins to take shape.

That counts for everything we are wanting or trying to do. First, we rely on Him. Have faith in Him. Ask Him for direction. Second, we do the work. We put in the required effort, and most of the time, it'll be little by little that we reach our goals in life.

As we do this, we start realizing our individual plans and the vision that God has set for us.

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