Wednesday, August 26, 2020
“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.” [Romans 12:9-10]
As many of you know, I play the violin. Mostly for myself these days, but sometimes I have played for a church service. I would be the first to admit that I never aspired to be a second violinist though. I always wanted to be a first violinist or even the first chair of the first violinists, which is the concertmaster. Practicing playing second fiddle just didn’t appeal to me. The second fiddle parts rarely had the melody, instead they just musically supported the first violins and others. Well, Apostle Paul, as translated by Eugene Peterson, suggests we should all practice playing second fiddle. I obviously missed this advice in my earlier days! Apostle Paul says it is good practice playing second fiddle, because others have leadership skills, too. Of course, to do so means we have to de-center our egoic needs. If we love from the center of the One Great Love, then playing second fiddle will come more naturally. If we love from the center of the One Great Love, we can stop faking it and trying to be something we are not. Now this doesn’t mean we don’t do our best, but it does mean that we do our best with humility knowing that God is the one who makes all things possible.
Thank you for your unconditional generous love, O God. Give me the courage to love from the center of who you created me to be, a person of deep love for you and for others. Help me to do my best with humility. Amen.