Synonyms of "About" are near, nearby, around, regarding, and concerning. In the case of Bobby Millsap Jr, I like to imagine that he consumed the Word, as he would his breakfast every day, taking it down into his innermost parts. Therefore, his being existed about the Word, around the Word, regarding the Word. I hear his soul speaking Psalms, saying, "Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You." I can only speak from my knowing Bobby, and my experiences in time spent sitting next to him, in candid conversation. The Word lived in him, as it should in all of us.
In December 2008, after living in Birmingham for over 10 years, my family and I moved back to Eight Mile, Alabama. The kids were enrolled at Indian Springs, starting after Christmas break. This is where I met Bishop Bobby Millsap Jr., sitting outside, waiting for the kids to be dismissed. I am not even sure how our first conversation started but it became an every day thing for us to simply sit and talk. Many of our conversations found their ways to the Spiritual, to the Word, and to God, but I never knew the man was a pastor. He had even invited me to check out his church, but never stated that he was the pastor of the church. I never made it to visit. I never saw him preach. I never heard an official sermon of his, but I heard his heart on many days of just sitting in his presence outside an old elementary school, waiting on our youngans.
To be a man about the Word, is to have the Word of God, so ingrained in you that it dictates your life, your actions, your lifestyle, and every word that passes from your soul, across your lips, and to the ears and hearts of those willing to listen. This, to me, was Bobby Millsap Jr. The last real conversation I had with the Bishop was on April 23, 2013, via Facebook. We spoke briefly, but as always he spoke to me at a time I truly needed to hear from him; what God had put on his heart to share. That last conversation prompted the following post to my blog: http://www.hollomonspeaks.com/hollomon-speaks/fire-inside. He was always right on time with the Word!
I was Bobby's neighbor:
"He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’" -Luke 10:27-
"Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." -Romans 13:10-
"Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up." -Romans 15:2-
"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body." -Epphesians 4:25-
I experienced the Word of God, in every interaction I've ever had with the Bishop. Again, I say, Bishop Bobby Millsap Jr. was a man about the Word!! I admired is heart and his soul. Most of all, I admired his humble spirit. It's not every day that you befriend a pastor who makes no effort to proclaim or allude to his position in ministry. He was not boastful or prideful like many ministers I've come to know. Bobby Millsap Jr. is definitely in the top tier of most revered and respected men of God in my life. I thank God for the blessing of knowing Bobby. I am grateful for every moment spent with him. May he rest in heaven, and I pray that strength and joy is yet found in the hearts of his loved ones, at this time of loss. Amen.
Bryan Hollomon Williams