Part 1 of a 3-Part Blog by Scott Bullman
Recently I gave a lecture to a group of worship leaders on the subject “Remaining a tempo in a Mixed-Meter Ministry”. In that lecture I shared some tips on how to keep our sanity and remain steady in the midst of all the hustle and bustle we call “ministry.” One of the last things I left with the group was the advice I had ignored for most of my life – Take Care of Your Body! You see, for all of my adult life and most of my childhood, I have battled severe obesity. I was in the fourth grade when I joined Weight Watchers for the first time (and it wouldn’t be my last). I remember hearing the doctor use the term “morbidly obese” when I was 15 years old. And I’ll never forget having to ask the airline attendant for a belt extender when I was in college and feeling the shame that came with that experience. Yet still, I enjoyed life – lots of friends, active in sports, singing on the platform every week. I was able to find my significance in the things I did and the affirmation and accolades that came with it.
Fast-forward 25 years: I’m married to the girl of my dreams, have three incredible children, and I’m enjoying ministry like never before here at Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University. But with every passing year, my age wasn’t the only number going up…my weight was increasing as well. I found myself 48 years old and a whopping 427 lbs. I did my best to mask the emotional and physical pain, hiding behind lots of energy, passion and a jovial smile, yet the physical wear and tear was quickly becoming debilitating. I knew I had to do something. I was desperate but wondered if there was a way out. You see, I had been on about every diet known to mankind but in the end the results were the same – failure. However, God was preparing me for an encounter with Him that would radically change my life forever. He would use the daily reading of His Word and the sermon of a guest preacher to rock my world and set me on a journey that would lead to the “new me”.
In the next two Red Tie Reports, I will share about The Decision and Discipline that has resulted in my Deliverance and a 215 lb weight loss.