It's the blending of the words "opus" and "miniscule".
Opuscule. Opuscule. Opuscule.
It means a minor or small work, literary or musical.
And as far as works go, it's on the opposite end of Magnum Opus—or great/greatest work.
Many of us, whether in a creative or non-creative pursuit, want a Magnum Opus.
We rack our brains coming up the perfect subject matter that will mean something, help or inspire someone—a work that will leave an indelible mark on the world.
But there are dangers on this bigger-is-better path! We can become frozen if the perfect idea doesn't come along. We can become obsessed, competitive, and unfulfilled. And maybe even worse, we run the risk of missing the pleasures and the outcomes of the simple, humble pursuits.
So what if we put more effort into smaller works—the opuscules? What if we dedicated our efforts to them as unto the Lord? The novel, the musical composition, the dinner, the garden, etc? If we stopped worrying about our words changing the world, and instead concentrated on writing something of quality, I think we'd be more effective. It would certainly take the pressure off—because the reality is, that we have little control over what goes viral or achieves "super" status.
She hadn't set out to write the great American novel—only to write a good story.
Let's leave greatness to God. He can decide which of our efforts (if any) will turn into something big. Let's not worry about shaking up the world.
Instead, let's give opuscules their due—our diligence, perseverance, and love.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23-24
What the world may see as insignificant, our Father sees for all its worth. And looking at how He used humble, unimportant people in the Bible, makes me guess that God loves the opuscule, too.
Lord, make me Your opuscule.