You probably know what a putter is, but you might have some doubts about a put-er. A putter can be thought of as a person who is putting a golf ball, and it’s also the club that’s used to putt the ball into the hole.
A put-er is some one who “puts on” or “puts off” specific characteristics specified by the Apostle Paul:
- Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man (Ephesians 4:23-24)
- Put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth . . . and put on the new man of tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering (Colossians 3:8-12)
The Putter loves golf; tries to get the ball in the hole; and, thinks being under par is good. The Put-er loves the Gospel; tries to stay out of ruts; and, thinks being less than par is bad.
Both have an eagle-like focus. The Putter scores an eagle when he’s two strokes under par. When the Put-er puts on the new man, his strength is renewed; he mounts up with wings like an eagle; and, he runs without growing weary.
Putter or Put-er: Are you one or the other, neither, or both?