By Amber Kinloch
Early one morning, I was pouring myself a mug of coffee. I added cream first, followed by the coffee. As I filled up my mug, I thought my coffee could use a touch more cream. Then a thought struck me.
Why not pass on adding more cream? It was Friday, a day of penance according to Catholic tradition. Why not start the day with this tiny sacrifice?
But then again…did it really matter? What difference did it make whether I added an extra splash of cream to my coffee? It was so insignificant.
Then God reminded me that He created bugs. Bugs, those tiny, creepy, crawly things we stamp on without a second thought. Nobody sheds a tear over the death of a bug. We hardly even notice their presence unless they’re bothering us.
Yet there are whole worlds of these tiny creatures filling our planet. We take no notice of them, yet God is mindful of the existence of every single one. If He takes heed of a minuscule ladybug, will He not take notice of even the tiniest sacrifice made for love of Him?
Many of us are returning to the full swing of work and school. The pressure is on to get things done, and we might be tempted to let things slide with our spiritual life, distracted as we are by other duties.
How about we stay focused by offering up many tiny sacrifices? We could spare a minute to put our dishes in the dishwasher. We could pause to say “hello” to a new person at our workplace. We could mortify ourselves at a meal by eating a little more of what we don’t like or a little less of what we do. We could wake up five minutes earlier to have time for prayer or make an extra effort to smile when we’re weary.
Don’t doubt the value of microscopic sacrifices. It’s not about the size or greatness of the sacrifice—it’s about the scope of your love.
Amber writes from the bunker of her living room. There she hunkers down with her laptop and a blanket while keeping an eye and ear tuned in to the activity of family life. Music set on loop keeps her energy flowing as she muses on the deeper happenings of ordinary life and what food to restock the fridge with.