Second Fiddle

Leonard Bernstein was once asked which instrument was the most difficult to play. He thought for a moment and said, “The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play second fiddle with enthusiasm–that’s a problem.  If we have no one to play second fiddle, we have no harmony.”

We have a wonderful opportunity to be the harmony in this life we have been given. In the “Me First” society we live in today, we can be the one who sets the tone in our homes, our churches and in our places of employment.  When you put someone else ahead of your own desires and feelings, other people will notice and some may even ask “why”. You will then have the opportunity to tell them the difference that Christ has made in your life.

Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, the world is watching you. They notice how you handle yourself in situations and how you react to adversity. They will also notice when you put someone else’s needs before your own.

Jesus continually through his public ministry put others needs first.  He ate with publicans and sinners because he knew they had questions he could answer.  He washed the disciples feet to show to them and us what being a servant really means. When Jesus was on the hillside teaching, He was sensitive to the needs of the people who were hungry and preformed a miracle feeding 5,000 plus.  He is a beautiful example of humility and sacrifice.

We need to willingly follow the example he set before us. If it was that important to the Lord, we can be assured that he would want us to live that way too. Living a life of service produces beautiful music that will touch the heart of God. 

Let’s play the harmony with the notes of our life.

8 thoughts on “Second Fiddle

  1. Amy it is true that many don’t understand that they don’t have to play second fiddle because our Lord and Savior has set an example and in his word He says no one is more important than the other? Blessings. Ron.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Ron. We are all on equal ground in his sight. I have always been blessed when I have done something for someone else. Blessings to you too.

  3. Great post! so often we miss what a bigger fuller picture could look like because we have to be the sole focus, out front…and I speak from experience here..:)
    Living in the church has taught me volumes about every joint supplying and each one bringing their portion, to create together, a sweet sacrifice unto the Lord. Each part is necessary and valuable to the whole…a symphony if you will…

  4. Hi Amy. Thanks for a great post. How very true that Christ put the needs of others before His own. We do have the greatest example to emulate!
    Blessings your way,

  5. so true, it is such an honor to serve and I think I get much more out of it, than the person I am serving, it has blessed my life immensely!! Very thoughtful post, you always inspire me, your blog has become one of my favorites!!

  6. jada’sgigi, Thanks for your comment. A symphony is a great example. If we as a body of believers would play in harmony, we will be a symphony of beautiful music for God.

    Kitty, Thanks for stopping by. Jesus is a great example to follow.

    Thanks, Beverly, for your encouragement. I have enjoyed getting to know you through your blog and here as well.

    Sarah, So many times we look around at others and feel pretty good about ourselves, but when I look at the example of Jesus’ life on earth, I am always humbled. Thanks for your thoughts. 🙂

    Dana, I agree with you. We go to bless someone else and get overflowed with blessing ourselves. God is so good to us. I am glad you came by. You have been an encouragement to me. God bless.

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