We all have mundane moments. You know, the ones that are boring and barely worth noting. Like the drab experience of checking out at the grocery store… Or the hazy everydayness of making the morning coffee… Or the commute home…

Then we have moments of grand gesture. Like wearing dark oversized robes and a square hat when receiving a diploma. Or lighting a cake on fire and spitting all over perfectly sanitary icing to blow out the flames. Or standing trembling and white-dressed in front of hundreds of your “closest people” to declare your love for that also-trembling young man beside you in a ceremony of beautiful music and flowers and plants and elaborate celebration.

These moments are significant.

And they are to be observed with significance.

Have you ever noticed the spontaneous songs in the Bible? Some of the stories read like an Improv Everywhere story with dancing and tambourines and a whole crowd. And the celebrations reached beyond songs, including piling rocks in the middle of a river bed to mark their memory.

And the memory was well-marked. It was significant. The crowd’s efforts were thoughtful and expressive.

The time it took to infuse those historic moments with significance sealed them, and sealed them artfully. The moments became beautifully transcendent.

Art has a way of transcending by charming the senses — tickling the mind — wooing the emotions. It stirs. It shakes. It compels. It propels. And oh my gosh, it inspires! And we, as believing Image Bearers, have the distinct privilege to harness the power of the Creator to creatively infuse our moments with significance. And by doing so, we says to God and to others and to ourselves that this time here on earth that we’ve been given is worth living artfully, thoughtfully, significantly.

But how can we make our moments, and our very lives, artful?

However we want. That’s the beauty of marking beautiful moments.

Some amazing things are happening in our lives that deserve a proper celebration. Look at the calendar year, look at these moments, and ask yourself what you want to do to make them memorable. And then, mark them with ceremony and significance.

What are you going to do to celebrate?

artful markings

by Mandy Thompson time to read: 2 min