Thursday, July 15, 2010
Playing the Second Fiddle
Yesterday I came across a quote that read, It needs more skill than I can tell to play the second fiddle well. I found this very interesting. I love music. For upbeat, work music, I listen to
Southern Gospel. But during those times when I need to relax, I love listening to instrumental music. Two of my favorite pieces begin with a piano. The music is simple, yet lovely. However, in the middle of the song, the solemn tones of a cello appear. This combination usually moves me to tears. The two instruments are playing two different melodies, but they sound so beautiful
What amazes me is that when you look at the album cover, the name of the pianist (the one
playing the MAIN instrument) is bold and prominent. However, the name of the cellist (the
one playing the "second fiddle") is difficult to find. The song would have so little of its beauty
without the second instrument, yet little recognition is given to the one who added such harmony to the music.
In following the Lord's leadership, we often find ourselves completing tasks that add beauty or
harmony to someone else's work and receiving little credit in return. On the surface, this seems
so unfair, but if you think about it, it makes sense. If we are really doing things for Jesus (the MAIN musician), we won't want the praise and recognition. After all, what are our efforts compared to the Master's?
Sometimes, we need to remember that life is not about us. It's about doing all things for the glory
of the Lord. If that seems difficult (and I know it sometimes does), then just remember this.
Jesus knows what we're doing, and He will reward us for our efforts. Isn't that all the recognition we need?
So, go on. Make some beautiful music today and give all the honor and glory to the Lord. He
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. - Colossians 3:23
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