Some of my poetry is given to me when others share their struggles and some are given for my own struggles and issues over many, many years. Whenever I've gone through valleys full of testing and trials, I sensed the Lord giving me poems to write. My hope is that someone else can identify and be blessed by what is written.

To live at ease in another’s shadow
And not get the recognition deserved
To humbly walk in the path one’s been given
Always to serve, yet seldom be served

To lovingly help another succeed
Give freely warm words of genuine praise
Refrain from boasting about one’s own self
Those are not human, but godly ways.

To play second fiddle with joy and delight
To enhance the first, at one’s own expense
Together creating sweet harmony
To a child of the King, this makes perfect sense.

Yielding our life to the Spirit’s control
We don’t need position to accomplish His plan.
For through our influence we do make a difference.
We have value in God’s eyes, if not those of man.

With the gifts and the talents we have received,
We’ll give our heart’s best, with great attitude.
Any good that we do; any gems in our crown,
We will cast at His feet in deep gratitude.

Karin Ristau


Betsy from Tennessee said...

You are very talented, Karin. I hope you are going to put your poetry in a book--for future generations.

My youngest son (14 months younger than the middle son) always felt like a second fiddle to the middle son.. We did everything we could to encourage him to be himself and not try to be like his big brother. Jeff (youngest) was shy and introverted. Mark (middle) was outgoing and had tons of friends. They were different--yet Jeff struggled --trying to be like Mark. NOW--that they are both grown, Jeff is the one who has come-out and excelled in life. He was never a second fiddle--and I hope he knows that now.

karin said...

Thanks for sharing the story of your sons! We just never know, do we!

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Danielle&Hannah said...

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Lady Dorothy said...

"To play second fiddle with joy and delight".......

You really get right down to the heart of the matter, don't you?

Another one of my favorites!

Bird, Frizzy and Our Little Yaya said...

You are a talented writer! Beautiful!