Thirty-one is an odd number. 

That is how life is. Odd. Not even or simple or predictable. 

Estimated time of arrival is just that, it is estimated. Expectations are not always met.

I want a balanced and structured plan. I want to stick with the plan and complete it. I want to then move on to the next plan and complete it. Early. Successfully. 

But as I walk toward that goal, the sidewalk ends. As I swim toward the shore, the waves intensify. As I believe this is the day or the week or the month or the year, my schedule doesn’t have the final word. 

The perfectly structured and balanced life I thought I wanted and needed isn’t realistic or effective or healthy. So, instead of waiting for the external world to calm down, I am learning to adjust to life’s lack of steadiness. I keep a list of ways I can find balance in the uneven surfaces of life. I am including many of them in these stories and thoughts. 

They help me adjust to how life is. I hope they help you adjust to how life is. 

Equilibrium is about finding our own balance.

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We live in a dark and confusing world. Maxwell’s prose and his poetry are just the antidote you’ve been looking for—creative, a bit capricious, and wonderfully uplifting.

Dr. Mark Rutland

Executive Director, National Institute of Christian Leadership

In these thirty-plus readable chapters, Chris Maxwell weaves a tapestry of grace, mercy, and love that, at the conclusion, shows us the heart of Jesus Christ.

Doug Beacham

General Superintendent, International Pentecostal Holiness Church

Equilibrium is an invitation to slow down and be present in the moment and find the chaos in our lives fade into a time of rest. Once again Chris Maxwell has written a book that will engage your mind and serve to help restore your heart along the way.

Dr. Charlie Dawes

Lead Pastor, Hill City Church, Alexandria, VA

Chapter Video Pages


Chapter One: Believe in the Big

Chapter Two: Be Faithful in the Little

Chapter Three: Enjoy the Journey

Chapter Four: Endure the Adventure

Chapter Five: Embrace Each Moment

Chapter Six: Be Joyful in Hope

Chapter Seven: Be Patient in Affliction

Chapter Eight: Be Patient in Affliction

Chapter Nine: Hit Pause

Chapter Ten: Listen Well

Chapter Eleven: Rest Well

Chapter Twelve: Don’t Endure Life Alone

Chapter Thirteen: Select Times to Be Alone

Chapter Fourteen: Forgive Everyone of Everything

Chapter Fifteen: Agree to Disagree

Chapter Sixteen: View Obstacles as Opportunities

Chapter Seventeen: Don’t Trust Your Feelings

Chapter Eighteen: Cry When You Need To

Chapter Nineteen: Laugh Often

Chapter Twenty: Don’t Be Controlled by Past Hurts

Chapter Twenty-One: Serve the Right Way in the Right Place for the Right Reasons

Chapter Twenty-Two: Leave the Right Way at the Right Time for the Right Reasons

Chapter Twenty-Three: Allow Time for Grief

Chapter Twenty-Four: Celebrate Regularly and Appropriately

Chapter Twenty-Five: Exercise the Body and the Brain

Chapter Twenty-Six: Care but Don’t Carry

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Seek Help

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Schedule Time for Nothingness

Chapter Twenty-Nine: Give Thanks

Chapter Thirty: Love Everybody Everywhere

Chapter Thirty-One: Live in the Divine Romance

Conclusion: A Life of Equilibrium