Chapter 2: Be Faithful in the Little

Be Faithful in the Little

While dreaming to see huge possibilities become realities, we must maintain equilibrium.

But we live in a culture congratulating and acknowledging the large, the tall, the big. We award accomplishments when the numbers are vast and the statistics impressive. Few church growth conventions invite pastors who serve small congregations. Few writers’ conferences invite speakers who wrote fantastic books which just didn’t sell well. Few business consultations invite advisors who serve tiny teams in small towns.

Our ethos craves giants. In size, in number, in amount, in quantity. Healthy goals of growth can rapidly convert into unhealthy, controlling models of success and achievement. Too many people heave for an enormous feat, forgetting the value of tiny triumphs.

As we believe in the big, as we take dives into deep waters, as we risk what seems impossible, as we realize our Guide can renovate dreams into realities, we must not forget what is right beside us. To find equilibrium, we must notice what is nearby. To obtain better stability, we must smile at the face of a friend. To find balance in the uneven surfaces of life, we must stare at the phenomenon of a sunrise, a child, a word, a picture from our childhood, a meal before taking a bite.

Our information is shelled with statistics. Our schedules are crammed with goals. Our meetings are overloaded with the pursuit.

What if we stop the race, just for a moment? What if we cease the chase, just for an instant? What if we halt the hurry, just to take a breath? What if we break the attack, just to take a pause?

Maybe we will notice the size of a crowd or the popularity of an event or the applause of supporters aren’t as important as we have been taught.

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  1. What little things are you doing in your life which provide large long-term results?
  2. What other small things can you do?
  3. How can you become better at being faithful in the little?


Chris Maxwell’s book Equilibrium is a psychologist’s dream handbook. It reads like a therapist doing the complex, mysterious, yet meaningful work of helping a client regain balance in his or her life.

Beverly J. Oxley, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Founder and Director of Wellsprings Psychological Resources Founder and Executive Director of The Ark Family Preservation Center