Andrew, A Man Among Men
The name Andrew is a Greek name that means "manly." That leads me to believe that Andrew was a man's man. I know that is not politically correct to say in our day when our culture is trying to neutralize the sexes. However, one of the first things we realize about this man is that he is able to take on a secondary position. It takes a real man to be able to do that.
Andrew was not much of an up front person as much as he was a middle man. He helped to bring together issues and people.
Jolly McCarty was our fellow church member and friend. He wrote me a letter before I moved to Pascagoula and told me he knew of my interest in golf. He told me we would play when I got here. We did play then and played many times until his death. Jolly was the best in the world at getting people together. I have some lifelong friends today because Jolly introduced me to them. But Jolly did not like the spotlight. He pushed other people forward while he remained in the background.
The great musician Leonard Bernstein was once asked which instrument was the most difficult to play. He thought for a minute and replied, "The second fiddle! I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play second fiddle with enthusiasm--that's a problem. And if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony."
Peter was the leader of the apostles. However, it was Andrew that brought him to Jesus. And yet, he served in the background with a good attitude.
When we think of great service we think of great teachers, preachers like Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, John Wesley, and Jonathan Edwards. Yet, the vast majority of "Great Ministry" in God's kingdom has been done by many unknown saints over the centuries...the Andrews of the ages.
Did you know two thirds of the people in the world are either beautiful or brilliant? Look around you; if it is not them, it is you! We may not be like many Bible charact ...
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