This week’s lesson in the Master Key System, by Haanel, is about the application of knowledge, using courage and faith. Haanel tells us that “Knowledge does not apply itself;” About what knowledge is he writing? He tells us, “You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.” Knowledge, courage, and faith. These are the energies that move us forward towards our goals and dreams.
Knowledge. The sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned. What is my power? I know the source of my power – Universal Mind (God). He is the source of my being, and the source of my power. But WHAT is my power? It is the ability to change my thought (to repent) in order to change my experience. As I strive to discipline my thought, allowing only correct and positive thinking, the changes in my thought processes are bringing about changes in my day-to-day life. So many things are better, more harmonious, and I’m so much happier. So, I’ve gained some knowledge of my power, but I know there’s so much more to learn and put into practice. What do I need to put it into practice? “the courage to dare;”
Courage. The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; An obsolete definition is: mind; disposition; spirit. I have the courage to succeed. I have the mind to succeed. I have the disposition to succeed. I have the spirit to succeed.
Taking that first step, trusting what you’ve learned, trusting in your God-given power and abilities. That’s faith.
Combining courage and faith leads to action. “Knowledge does not apply itself.” -Haanel. We have to USE our knowledge, take action through courage and faith, and keep at it until we achieve our goals! What an important life-lesson this is!