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Encouragement in Athletics Blog


Ken Harris Speaks!!

October 09, 2017
By Ronnie Plyler

The first person to die on earth was Abel…the recording is in Genesis 4. But that’s not the last time we hear about him. In Hebrews 11, Abel is the lead-off hitter in the list of “Faith Warriors”. Hebrews 11:4 states, “…Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.”


Ken Harris’s faith still speaks and I take liberties to say there are 3 statements he would make. I believe everyone in athletics can learn from him.


  1. ARRIVE EARLY- Ken kept the score clock at Metrolina for nearly 10 years. In those 10 years, he only missed 2 games. If the game started at 4, which most did, Ken was seated with his green tea, a snack and a towel by 3:15…That’s right 45 minutes prior to the game, you’d see Ken. When he met me at my house to fish, he held me accountable as I knew he would be punctual and arrive early.

Arrive early- It shows a great respect for the person who’s expecting you.

Arrive early- It demonstrates a personal discipline to prepare.

Arrive early- It tells others, they’re important!

For those of us who know the Lord Jesus and know Ken…when we get to Heaven…He’s probably going to say one day…what took you so long to get here?


  1. COMMIT FULLY- Ken took personal ownership of the game clock. He ran the clock on Friday night football and every MS football game when he didn’t do Volleyball. In the spring season, he served as an assistant middle school baseball coach…he was truly a 3 sport athlete. He was to have a stint put in his carotid artery early this past spring, however Ken spoke to his cardiologist and asked if he could wait until spring break so he wouldn’t miss any baseball games.

Commit Fully- It makes the team stronger.

Commit Fully- It demonstrates sacrifice to others.

Commit Fully- It represents Christ as He committed ALL.


  1. THANK YOU JESUS, THANK YOU LORD- Every time Ken caught a fish, he treated it as though it was a gift. He would audibly say these words, “Thank you Jesus, Thank you Lord”, before dropping his catch back into the lake. Nearly every fishing trip we took, consisted of at least a 45 minute ride. Sometimes we talked, sometimes we just rode. There’s a lot to be said early when you’re getting to know each other…sometimes silence can be awkward. BUT then you develop that relationship where you don’t feel like you have to talk…however if you do, you know the other person’s listening. For that I am thankful.

THANK YOU JESUS, THANK YOU LORD- It displays a heart of gratitude to our God.

THANK YOU JESUS, THANK YOU LORD- It reminds us of where our gifts come from.

THANK YOU JESUS, THANK YOU LORD- Ken knows our Heavenly Father and we shall see Ken again.


As for me...I would tell Ken…you fought the good fight, you finished the race, you kept the faith…AND your faith still speaks.


One question for all of us to ponder…”What’s your faith saying?”