The Secret Sauce of Success

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The Secret Sauce of Success

Written By Anthony Dockery

The Secret Sauce of Success

Mastering weight loss, fears, forgiveness, debt, parenting, singleness, retirement, marriage, or employment while simultaneously trying to trust God when it is difficult to trace Him can be daunting tasks in everyday life. Often, we would like to simply receive the secret sauce to successfully conquer these stressors. There is nothing like a good barbecue, spaghetti, or alfredo sauce that makes you tap your foot while eating it, but the chef will not provide the recipe, citing, “it is a secret sauce.”

So, what is the Secret Sauce to the pressures we face daily? Well, this proverbial sauce really is no secret.

This secret sauce recipe involves two ingredients: Discipline and Balance.

Discipline

Discipline is a slight play on words. First, discipline represents self-control, and second, it speaks of spiritual disciplines like prayer, fasting, and scripture reading. When you think about it, there is nothing we do in life that does not involve self-discipline. To read this article, you are exercising self-discipline, to drive, walk, teach, be on time, or to do anything more, requires self-discipline. I would even posit everyone has self-discipline in certain segments of our lives. We may have the discipline to arrive for work on time every day, but on the other hand, we may lack the discipline to overcome certain fears.  Essentially, we know how to have self-discipline in compartments of our lives, but not throughout our lives.

Balance

It is a blessing to be confident in our gifts from God, but it is sinful to be prideful about our gifts. It makes us feel so good to have a slice of cake, but it blows our diet and sugar levels to eat an entire cake in one sitting. Put another way, Grandma used to say, “You are so heavenly bound, you are no earthly good!” Because of the ebb and flow of life, we tend to operate on the margins instead of the middles. Meaning we do all or nothing at times instead of finding and fighting for the middles/moderation. Too much of even a good thing can cause issues, just like too little of a good thing can.        

The Apostle Paul says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:6-8, KJV)

Here, Paul expresses not only the importance of talking to God but the necessity to do it for everything in our lives. Notice the absolutes he uses at the beginning of verse six; “nothing” and “everything.” Nothing should be left out, and everything should be brought before the Lord so He can help us employ self-discipline. Prayer, fasting, scripture reading, and retreats can fortify our self-discipline. More importantly, spiritual disciplines can stretch to all the areas of our lives rather than segments. Verse 7 assures us that when we call on God consistently, He will give us peace beyond our human comprehension. Specifically, the text says peace will keep our hearts. A careful study of the word “heart” (kardia in Greek) speaks of the will, intellect, and feelings of a person. That peace is critically important since one of the main reasons our self-discipline does not stretch all over our lives is due to our will, intellect, feelings, fears, faults, and/or frustrations. It is amazing that just having a talk with God, a digesting of the scriptures, and/or fasting from food can provide peace and clarity, which allows us to have wholistic self-control.

Verse 8 teaches that focusing on the positive can provide balance from negative ideations. It really is as simple as finding the good thoughts as opposed to the bad, even when we are hurting. Balance does not just happen automatically; it requires intentionality and regularity to counterbalance the foul and hurtful.

When we utilize spiritual disciplines to bolster our self-discipline and balance our negative thoughts with positive thoughts of affirmation, we not only have the secret sauce, but in using the secret sauce, we have also provided the blueprint to others, which ensures the sauce is, in fact, no secret at all.

About the Author

Anthony Dockery
Pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church

Anthony L. Dockery is pastor at St. Steven Missionary Baptist Church, in La Puente, Ca. He earned his MDiv and DMin from Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary. Dockery is a 21-year military career veteran of the United States Air Force and California Air National Guard. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee; Adjunct Professor at Gateway Seminary; and a Trustee at California Baptist University.

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