Faithfulness denotes reliability, trustworthiness, endurance, and firmness of purpose.  It is loyal and “possesses a staying power in spite of feelings and difficulties  . . .” (John Drescher, 1974).  Because it is easy to become discouraged when faced with challenging circumstances, it is important to simply take one day at a time to ‘be faithful in small things’.  For example, this can be demonstrated through making time for others, performing small everyday tasks such as making a favourite dish for the family, as well as remembering special days with a phone call, card or text.  Faithfulness can be viewed as the highest kind of success because we are more concerned with following God’s will than with our own security. 

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”  Mother Teresa


Gentleness is godliness demonstrated in quietness and love, strength under control, and courtesy for others.  It does not need to strike back, grasp at power or position, and does not worry about its own rights.  Gentleness is strong in love and the desire to help; it has the courage to act for the good of others when required.  True strength lies in being gentle and gracious even when faced with differences of opinion and challenges to personal viewpoints.  Proverbs 15:1 says “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (NASB).  A quotation attributed to William Hazlitt states: “A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.”

Remember:  Jesus is the personification of gentleness.