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Don’t stot none: won’t be none – Transcript

7 May

“Don’t stot none; won’t be none: A manifestation of peace via participation”
Jones sings…
Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God almighty
Early in the morning our songs shall rise to thee
Holy, holy, holy
Merciful and mighty
God in three persons, blessed trinity
Welcome to the House that Dignity Built. I’m Dr. Daintee Glover Jones, and I am theologically thrilled to have a moment to speak with you for our May 7 message of our 2016-17 series called “The Sum of Peace”. For the month of May, our speakers will be on one accord by speaking and teaching about the power of participation and peace in our land. The title of today’s message is “Don’t stot none; won’t be none: A manifestation of peace via participation”. May God add a blessing to this word, and may He use me to encourage, empower, and inspire us towards peace in our land. Amen.
Some consider the phrase – Don’t start none; won’t be none – to be an African American proverb that suggests that people prevent calamity by not partaking in inappropriate behavior; however, this phrase can be used in another way. Consider using it to suggest that one should start something good with others in order to reap a bounty for all who are participating. Within today’s message, I am replacing the word start with the word stot (spelled s-t-o-t). The definition of the word ‘stot’ is to leap or bound in the air with straightened legs as do certain antelope and deer. Because this movement appears to be a silly response to danger, an urban definition of the word is to lack wisdom. While stotting may look silly, it is actually strategic. When animals stot, they show their superlative strength. This movement could convince a predator to look for another opponent or prey that is not as strong, so that the kill can be swifter. The strongest deer could possibly outrun its predator. Antelope can run about 43-55 miles per hour, while lions can run around 50 miles per hour. Also, antelope proactively stot to be able to see a predator before it gets too close to the herd. Stotting can help them to jump over an obstruction.
Perhaps one might ask what the significance of stotting is when one is thinking about the topic of participation and peace. This message offers a two-fold response to this. The first approach is pertinent to participation and peace is because one can use an acronym from the word stot in order to create a strategic and participatory-based plan of action towards peace. The second strand of this message shows specific scripture on the topic of stotting.
First, consider the creation of this acronym for STOT. The S is for specificity. The T is for target. The O stands for objective. The final T represents team. Specificity, especially specific prayer has power. This is the reason that Jesus prayed in this manner, “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11). He did not simply ask that God provide, he specifically asked for what humans need. They need both physical and spiritual sustenance. If one is specific when praying, one is preparing to be able to see signs and wonders from God as He answers the specific prayer. Because of this dynamic, one can have a specific testimony because one prayed a specific prayer.
The second element of the STOT acronym is about accurate targeting. Who or what is the predator? Since believers know who the enemy is and that the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10), one must be accurate in targeting the enemy. One must be accurate like the biblical Benjamin who could “sling a stone at a hair and not miss” (Judges 20:16).
The third element of the STOT acronym concerns a team’s objectives. An objective is smaller than a goal, and is also a target. Goals are broad while objectives are precise and measurable. A believer’s overall goal is to work in God’s kingdom while fulfilling objectives along the way. These objectives are linked to strategical tactics for battle and for success. God gives His people learning objectives. Objectives can state what will be learned, what activities will help with the learning, what types of assessments will be used, and create accountability for learners (Mager, 1997). Here is an example that God gave to show a major goal and then smaller measurable objectives. Genesis 1:1 states that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. This was a goal. Here is an objective that is linked to that goal. Genesis 1:26 reads, “Let Us make man in Our image”. Then, God measured His objective, and in Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good”.
The last letter of the STOT acronym is T for team. Antelope naturally participate in teams by travelling in herds, and they use running and stotting as a group defense mechanism against their predators, the lion, cheetah, hyena, and crocodile. Ecclesiastes 4:9 states “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor”. This is evidence that teams bring more than the individual can in terms of productivity and provision.
So stot with power from the Lord as is mentioned in 2 Samuel 22:30 that reads, “For by You I can run upon a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall”.
Stot for healing as in Isaiah 35:6 that states, “Then the lame will leap like a deer…”.
Stot for joy for Luke 6:23 states that we are to “be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets”.
Stot for the only King of kings so that we don’t end up like the false prophets who worshipped the wrong god, Baal, and “leaped about the altar which they made” in 1 Kings 18:26. Their god did not bring fire, but Elijah’s god, our god, did.
Stot because Jesus knew you in the womb, just as seen in Luke 1:44 that asserts, “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy”.
Stot like the Maasai warriors in Kenya do as they perform their coming-of-age ceremonies that prove their strength, maturity, joy, and teamwork.
Stot for peace.
Stot because the Lord of lords has died for our sins and sent His comforter to guide us until we see Him again.
As we come to the end of this message, stay tuned for lecture notes on this coming Tuesday, May 9, at our website http://www.dignityshouse.org. I’m Dr. Daintee Glover Jones, and this has been a message from the House that Dignity Built Ministry. I bid you peace and protection, and I grant a special thanks to Bishop Harold Gentry and First Lady Gentry of the Majestic Christian Center for offering a spiritual covering to this ministry. If you are looking for a church home, they would be happy to have you.
Amen and ashe’.

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References
Holy Bible
Mager, R. F.(1997). Preparing instructional objectives: A critical tool in the development of effective instruction. GA: Center for Effective Performance.