Most difficult instrument

Leonard Bernstein, the famous orchestra conductor, was once asked by a reporter what was the most difficult instrument to play.  The reporter thought that of all people, Bernstein  should have a valuable opinion, and was ready to write down what the great musician thought of the intricacies of playing various instruments.

To the reporter’s surprise, Leonard Bernstein replied without any hesitation whatever:  “Second fiddle! Without a doubt. I can get any number to play first violin, but to find one who plays second violin with as much enthusiasm is a real problem.  Of course, second French horn or second flute would be similar.  And yet, if no one plays second fiddle, we have no harmony.”


In the work situation, a great deal of important work is done “behind the scenes.”  It is said that the vast majority of CEOs would be helpless without their secretaries, personal assistants, speech writers, etc.

In a Church,
we should ALL be playing second fiddle to the MASTER.

Scripture plainly tells us that all parts of the body are equally important.  No one person – or group – in the Church should be thought of more highly than others.

Christ is the Head and in ALL things He has the pre-eminence.

Whether our God-given ministry is “out front” or “behind the scenes” or as a cleaner, a prayer warrior or whatever our role, it is important for the harmonious whole and should be exercised with much enthusiasm and zeal.

Whatever you do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord and not to men,
knowing that from the Lord
you will receive the reward,
for you serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24

Mr Anon says:

Humility is a strange thing:
the moment you think you have it,
is just the moment you have lost it.

Only the proud will speak of their humility:
the humble confess to having a problem with pride.

Until a man is nothing, God can make nothing of him.


Am I willing to play SECOND FIDDLE – wholeheartedly?


About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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  1. jstair says:

    Absolutely right! We should play 2nd fiddle to the Master. We should all want to be used as an instrument in God’s orchestra. Anything else is meaningless, and everything will eventually fall apart!


  2. Angela,

    Reminds me of the old joke…”They gave me a humble pin but as soon as I put it on, they took it away from me.”



  3. Rob Barkman says:


    Great posting.

    The temptation to serve for man’s praise or personal reward should never overshadow our desire to serve for His glory. For some, the thought of serving in a lowly position is out of the question.

    But those those truly in sync with the Lord’s heart, the most lowly positions can be one of the greatest blessings we receive. Taking a back seat of service can reveal to us what is really in our heart. Our we serving for Him or our we serving selfishly for some personal gain?

    May the Lord bless you.


    • Amen Rob. Quite often a “hidden” act of kindness or service in the Lord’s work will bring far more satisfaction and joy in the Lord than something that receives the praise of men. Whatever we do should be as unto the Lord and for His glory.


  4. pbus1 says:

    Hi Angela,

    Just as our human bodies are fitly joined together, so it is of the body of Christ! Our hands cannot do what our feet can do, and our ears cannot do what our eyes can do. We must operate in our gifts and callings, and not covet the gifts of another! The work that has been assigned to our hands, is what we must strive to do, with every fiber of our beings! We must acknowledge that it is the Lord working through us, and heap no glory upon ourselves! After all, it is the anointing that destroys every yoke of bondage! So, though we be gifted, we must be filled with the Holy Spirit, that we operate only as guided by the Spirit of the Lord!

    Ephesians 4:11-13 says, “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists, and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

    God bless.



    • Hi Paulette


      I would that more people understood the great privilege of having at least one spiritual gift, and of USING that gift/s to HIS glory and for the benefit of the whole body. How amazing to have God Himself working is us and through us to complete His work here on earth!

      I love Eph 4:13. Have you read the Amplified version of that verse? It says “that we might arrive at real maturity – the completeness of personality which is NOTHING LESS than the standard height of CHRIST’S OWN PERFECTION”

      What a challenge! What an encouragement!

      What a Saviour!



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