Playing Second Fiddle
Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Posted in Devotional
The other day, I was thinking about some wonderful, dear saints who recently stopped attending church because … well … a significant other became their No. 1 priority. How often have I seen an individual stop attending right after getting into a romantic relationship?
In a moment of weakness, I wailed to my husband, "Why do the things of God always have to play second fiddle to sex?!"
I'm embarrassed to even type it. But I did say it.
Even though I was critical of my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I know that I've been just as guilty, letting my spirituality play second fiddle to highly unworthy competitors.
"Second fiddle" refers to something that is less important than something else.
One Stop English, a resource of Macmillan Education publishing, defines "playing second fiddle" this way:
"Unsurprisingly, the expression is generally held to have its origins in the world of music. In early orchestras the most prominent and high profile member of the orchestra was the musician who played the lead (or first) violin. Naturally, there would also be other violinists in the string section of the orchestra but these would not be as important or honoured as the lead violinist. These other violinists became known as second fiddles."
If everything in my life — my thoughts, actions, motivations, and decisions — produces music like that of an orchestra, then who is the most prominent and high-profile player?
If the answer isn't Jesus Christ, then I need to reevaluate the seating arrangements.
Yes, there are other people and passions in my life that contribute to the overall melody. My family and friends lend a warm, joyous resonance to the song, while work and hobbies trill in background, but my Lord and Savior should always be hitting the high notes and taking the lead.
What about you? Is God's song playing second fiddle to a competing tune in your life?
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