Second Fiddle

Many who are first will be last,
and the last first.
  —Mark 10:31

“What is the most difficult instrument to play?” renowned orchestra conductor Leonard Bernstein was asked.

“Second fiddle,” answered Bernstein. “I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find one who plays second violin with as much enthusiasm or second French horn or second flute, now that’s a problem.”

Here’s the apostle Paul’s take on it: “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing” (Phil 2:3–4).

The New Living Translation presents Mark 10:31 this way: “Many who seem to be important now will be the least important then, and those who are considered least here will be the greatest then.”

Without second fiddles
there would be no harmony.

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