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Chapter 7 To attain your desires, all three must be used

If you idealize and use all three of the basic activities and only those three, it is easy to make your ideals become realities. You always attain when you idealize and use them; but, if you leave out any one of the three, you fail to attain your desire, -and no one can be blamed except yourself.

If you idealize only that which you desire and hold faithfully to that ideal, -that is, if you use only the first of the three activities, -you will succeed and justly in proportion to what you do.

Since God is justice, the result corresponds to the effort. Idealizing what you want and holding faithfully to the ideal for months and even years brings you the success your effort merits -even after years you will still be holding to the ideal.

And, if you idealize that which you desire and attempt to take possession of it mentally -using the first and third of the three basic activities -you succeed and justly in proportion to what you do.

If, when in New York, you learn of a football game to be played in Boston and desire to be present, the ideal of the Thing Desired is to be in Boston. If you desire to drive by automobile from New York to Boston, that is the ideal of the Process you intend to use to get to Boston. If you go to your garage and sit in your car for a day, a month or a year, holding faithfully all the time to the Thing Desired and holding also a mental picture of being in Boston -mentally picturing the first and third steps, but omitting the second one -before the year passes your friends will wish to send you to the madhouse; and only because you failed to use the second activity -that of the process of actually starting the machine and driving from New York to Boston.

It is not enough to hold ideals of the Thing Desired, -the first step. It is not sufficient and it may be dangerous to declare mentally that you possess it, -the third step. It is not enough even to have faith that your desire will come true, though faith is the substance of things hoped for. You must put your ideals into idealized action for ideals are the substance of things that are and idealized action is the only certain process of attainment.

“Faith without works is dead” does not stand-alone; Christ and the apostles presented the truth many times: " I must work the works of Him that sent Me. . . . Return to God, and do works. -What doth it profit though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? -Can faith save him? -Was not Abraham, our father, justified by works? -By works was faith made perfect. -I will give unto every one of you according to your works. -He that overcometh and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations." Of the names to be written in the Book of Life, they are to be judged" according to their works"; and the very last message -last chapter of Revelation -is "Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."

"Hitch your wagon to a STAR " is not sufficient.” "HITCH your wagon to a star " brings results.”


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