“If we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting [and reaching] a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.” -Elder M. Russell Ballard
Something I’m learning a little at a time is that Heavenly Father works in patterns. Being dependable, consistent, and methodical are divine attributes. He wants us to do all things in wisdom and order. That’s the only time we give Him the opportunity to build us line upon line. He is building us ‘mansions in heaven’, but with what building materials are we providing Him?
A house could never stand if you started off with a roller skate, then added a brick, maybe balanced a log on there, topped it off with a nice round stone, and maybe threw some straw over the whole thing. Heavenly Father can only build us effectively when we give Him one solid, even brick at a time. When we establish a lifetime pattern of faithful actions, we can truly make progress toward becoming like Him.