Saturday, August 7, 2010

Playing Second Fiddle

"The most difficult instrument to play in the orchestra is second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play second fiddle with enthusiasm - that's the problem. Yet, if there is no one to play second fiddle, there is no harmony." - Leonard Bernstein

Sometimes it’s hard to play second fiddle to your boss, your family or even the Lord and yet we are each called to be a servant who leads. This often means we are destined to play second fiddle.

As a pastor this means we are not the shepherd of our local flock but rather we are under shepherds called to follow the leading of the Great and Good Shepherd and follow his example who was willing to lay down his life for His sheep.

As a spouse this means that I must follow the Bridegroom’s example and be willing to lay down my life for my wife, my desires for hers or my family.

In a society that has taught a “me first” attitude this is contrary to what is perceived as the norm. Yet this is exactly what we are called to do – esteem others more then self.

While I don’t know who is credited with say this, one of my favorite quotes is that “you can accomplish anything, as long as you don’t care who gets the credit.” Having been on staff as an associate pastor for many years I can testify to the truth of that statement. As long as we don’t worry about wanting the lime light in this life we can accomplish much. Let God take care of keep score. After all we will never beet the score that He set when He gave his life for us.

As I think about many of the men who have gone before me in the ministry I’m pretty sure that I’m not even third violin last chair. But to be asked to participate in God’s orchestra is an honor beyond measure.

Excuse me while I rosin up my bow,

Pastor Val