Summary: Bernstein once was asked which instrument was the most difficult to play. He said, "The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm--that's a problem."
Up To Here With Self Philippians 2:3-4NASB
One of the first conductors born and educated in the United States to receive worldwide acclaim was Leonard Bernstein. He directed the New York Philharmonic, conducted concerts by some of the world's leading orchestras, wrote symphonies, and music for Broadway hits such as West Side Story Etc. His obituary in The New York Times (October 15, 1990) called him "one of the most... talented and successful musicians in American history."
Bernstein once was asked which instrument was the most difficult to play. He said, "The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm--that's a problem."
Yourself, Yourself, Yourself. We’re up to here with self! Do something either for yourself or with yourself or to yourself.
How very different from Jesus’ model and message! Instead of a philosophy to turn our eyes inward. He offers a fresh and much needed invitation to our me-first generation. There is a better way, Jesus says, “Be a servant. Give to others!”
Philippians 2:3-4NASB Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Know what nothing means? Do nothing means just that. Stop permitting two strong tendencies- selfishness and conceit- to control you!
Replace these words with humility of mind.
But how? Again, verse 3, By regarding others as more important than yourself.
Listen to the Message Bible from Philippians 2:3-4TM Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
A youth minister was attending a Special Olympics where handicapped children competed with tremendous dedication and enthusiasm. One event was the 220 yard dash. Contestants lined up at the starting line, and at the signal, started running as fast as they could.
One boy by the name of Andrew quickly took the lead, & was soon about 50 yards ahead of everybody else. As he approached the final turn he looked back and saw that his best friend had fallen and hurt himself on the track.
Andrew stopped and looked at the finish line. Then he looked back at his friend. People were hollering, "Run, Andrew, run!" But he didn't. He went back and got his friend, helped him up, brushed off the cinders. And hand in hand, they crossed the finish line dead last.
However, as they finished, the people cheered!
Remember, there are some things more important than finishing first.
Listen to Paul’s words in Galatians 5:13NASB For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
It’s time we cultivate genuine interest in others. It’s time to