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Second Fiddle

An interviewer asked famed conductor Leonard Berstein, “What’s the most difficult instrument to play?” Good-naturedly he replied, “Second fiddle!” He added, “And if no one plays second, there’s no harmony.” We need to be more than willing to be God’s servants. We need to revel in the opportunities He gives us to serve.

Do you have someone you work with, serve with shoulder to shoulder? Someone you help as they serve the Lord? The apostle Paul said of Timothy in Philippians 2, “But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly… I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state” (verses 19-20). I pray that you’ll spend time with a mentor in ministry and in prayer and Bible study. I encourage you to mature in your usefulness. Be content to play “second fiddle.”

Jesus, You were so humble and willing to serve. I want to follow Your example. Keep me from being caught up in wanting to be in charge, the one who gets the recognition. Help me look for places to serve and uplift others. Amen.

Read Second Fiddle on Elizabeth & Jim George.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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