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"Stealing Practice Jerseys" - by Rev. Weldon Bares


I came across a good story about some high school football players who were stealing practice jerseys from the locker room. The coach came up with a solution. He had lettering printed on the shirts that read, “Property of Lewis High School.”

Well, that didn’t help at all, and the stealing continued. So, the coach then ordered new lettering to be put on the jerseys: “Stolen from Lewis High School.” This also failed.

But his third try put an end to the stealing. These words on the back of the jerseys did the trick: “Lewis High School Fourth String.” The stealing of the jerseys came to an end!

The famous orchestra conductor, Leonard Bernstein, was once asked a question: “What is the most difficult instrument to play?” His answer? “Second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who plays second violin with as much enthusiasm, now that’s a problem. And yet, if no one plays second, we have no harmony.”

How would you like to have been the brother of Simon Peter? Talk about playing second fiddle! Peter is mentioned ninety-six times in the four Gospels. He wrote two books of the New Testament and inspired the Gospel of Mark. On the other hand, Andrew is only mentioned fourteen times. But what he did was so important, including introducing his brother, Simon Peter, to Jesus.

Here is an important fact of life to remember. We cannot all be “number one.” One of the most important things to finding a happy and peaceful life is to find our own place and then play it with enthusiasm. May God help us to do that today.

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