When 2nd Place Is to be Vied For

May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein was asked which instrument was most difficult to play.  After thinking for a moment he replied, “The second fiddle.  I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm – that is a problem.  And if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony.”

In this “me centered” life, we never want to be second place.  After all, second place is the first loser, right?

Second is just skimming the surface.  We Christ-followers are commanded to consider others as better than ourselves. To put other people’s needs before our own. To consider our life worth nothing.

Philippians 2

How often am I in the background  playing second fiddle?

Sometimes second place looks like:

  • helping clean up when it means you will miss sitting with”them,” doing “that,” or seeing “this”
  • giving the dog… or the kids… a bath when it isn’t even your “turn”
  • watching NBA basketball with your husband
  • NOT watching NBA basketball with your wife
  • doing missions work on your vacation
  • taking a vacation
  • being the change that you want to demand in others
  • praying instead of complaining

Today as Ron and I gratefully celebrate the 9th anniversary of our marriage, I can honestly say that when we are both playing second fiddle to each other and to Christ  we join in the symphony.  However, when one of us try to take the lead from the Master Musician, we are clanging symbols stumbling and bumbling all over each other.

Raise the Risk Challenge:

  • What examples can you think of that might lend to “playing the background?”
  • I am going to meditate on Philippians 2 for the rest of the week. Will you join me?  It isn’t easy playing second fiddle so let’s arm ourselves with God’s word.
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