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Encouragement in Athletics Blog


The paint sprayer

October 03, 2017
By Ronnie Plyler

We utilize a lot of equipment to ensure our complex looks good. One piece we use quite often in the spring and fall is the paint sprayer. I was taught at a young age how to use one, as my dad employed a painting crew for extra money. Part of that crew consisted of me, therefore I grew up learning a lot about hard work, finishing jobs and paying attention to detail.

Last week, the paint sprayer needed to be fixed so I took it to the repair man. He had moved from a storefront location and built himself a shop behind his house. He said this would save him some money that could be passed down to customers…I couldn’t tell it in my final bill.

He fixed it, we loaded up the sprayer, and began to talk about “life”. He told me how extremely busy he was saying, “What do you do Ronnie, when you over-commit?” (I wanted to tell him that I feel like I live an overcommitted life…and some of the people I speak with should be “committed” …into a hospital that is.) But rather than follow my flesh, the Spirit within reminded me of something and I said, “God’s Word says that if we don’t grow weary in doing good, we will reap a harvest if we don’t faint…so I keep going. The Lord’s mercies are new every day… so I keep going,” (Galatians 6:9, Lamentations 3: 22-23).

  1. exactly what I told him! After a timely pause…his eyes swelled up with tears…” That’s what I needed,” he said. We never know when we’ll have an opportunity to make the Lord’s name famous.

I’m thankful the Word of the Lord has power. I’m thankful the Spirit of the Lord works to overcome the flesh. I’m thankful the heavy heart of one person was vulnerable to hear the encouragement from another. I’m thankful the coaches at Metrolina use their platform to glorify Christ! I’m thankful the sprayer needed “fixin”.