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Second Fiddle is a Course

Second Fiddle

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When Leonard Bernstein was conductor of the New York Philharmonic, he was asked by a reporter, “What is the most difficult instrument to play?” With a twinkle in his eye, he said, “Second fiddle.” In a world that tells us that we have to be the best, that we have to be out front, we follow a Savior who tells us to put others first, who models for us servanthood and quiet obedience.  It is just one of the many ways that faith invites us to a counter-cultural lifestyle.  We see it in John the Baptist (“He must increase, and I must decrease.” [Jn 3:30]).  We see it in the countless stories of unnamed saints throughout the Bible and in the stories of those who remained in the shadows. And we see the struggle to attain such a willingness to serve in the Apostles’ argument about greatness.

 

Drawing upon these incredible stories of humility and power, throughout these weeks, we will explore four stories that will inspire us to examine our hearts and our motives, to surrender our compulsive need for applause, and to follow/serve the Lord with gratitude, faith, and a meekness that seeks only to glorify Him.

 

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