"It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him." -Daniel 2:22
"Do not fear, for I am with you..." -Isaiah 43:5
"...we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion." -Daniel 9:18

Monday, January 26, 2009

A Servant Heart

If you want to see a servant heart at work, watch Al Putman. I'm not saying this just because he is my husband. Ask around. He has always had a servant heart, even before he gave himself to the Lord. He just used it in ordinary ways back then. Opening doors. Lending a hand. He'd give you the shirt off his back.
He even spent hundreds of hours one year helping a friend build his house, all while working a job that required overtime. He would drive there straight from working 10 hours and work on the house until very late at night. The next day he would do it all over again, for months. He was always that guy. As his wife, it used to frustrate me beyond measure. He was always off helping others.
After his salvation, he changed. Some probably didn't see it, but I did. God took a good man with a heart to serve others and just elevated that gift to a higher level. It has not been a gradual thing for Al. He is the kind that just jumps in the deep end. I, on the other hand, tend to stick my toe in the water and ease into service. I'm afraid of drowning, I guess, if I go too deep, too fast. Not so, Al.
If you have worked with Al in ministry or any other way, you probably already recognize this about him. After he received Christ as his Savior - he dove into men's bible study. I think he read 10 books that year. He had never read a whole book in his life and has not read one since, but he did what he needed to do, when it needed doing. "TOP GUN" was an awesome ministry.
When he got involved in youth ministry - he was darting all over the place, doing it all. Helping with missions, youth security and programs, setting up, tearing down, cleaning up, cooking for youth, for missionaries, for men's ministry, for staff. Then he became a deacon and helped in even more ways. Until 2 years ago when he got his diagnosis.
But even after the past 2 years and the the things he has dealt with and the pain he has been in. Still in. His servant heart bubbles up.
This past weekend was the first time in a while that he has felt halfway decent. He spend Saturday morning over at Larry Hosea's house. Larry has tumors that have returned. He was suppose to go for treatment to Baylor, but was too sick. So, Al got up Sunday morning and took him to Baylor. It took all his strength for the day. Then he got up this morning and took him again.
You can't tell me that God is not working in his heart and holding him up. It is amazing to see the awesome power of God in the life of a person. Those who are great people, but don't know Christ as their Savior, are just missing out on being AWESOME people.


Perspective is Everything said...

That made me miss you guys.. XOXO

Rob said...

You and your husband are a gift to the rest of us.
God Bless.