A woman contemplating her time, once said, "Placing two keys, one for the house and one for the car, on the very same spot on the kitchen counter every time I come into the house may not sound like a very large accomplishment, but it is for me. I have spent too much of my time searching for important things."

She reflected and thought about the two keys. "I see for the first time that having only two keys is one way my life is uncluttered. And what I do each day with the two keys creates a very modest, but successful ritual. The repetition is something I can count on. This small action to help unclutter my life, helps me to have time to do things for others." She picked up her two keys and smiled as she walked out of the house to go have a cup of coffee with her neighbor who really needed some company.

She was reminded of Helen Keller’s words, "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."

So let us, during this new year, try to be satisfied with best of what and who we are and to celebrate the small tasks we do because they are great and noble. God can make the smallest thing become extraordinary and life-changing. Just think about John 6:9 "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two small fish. But what are they among so many?" And Jesus took those small items and fed the multitude.

Find the space and time to embrace what God can do this new year even in the small things.

Happy New Year,

Rev Brenda