I love celebrations. I’m not elaborate or fancy with them, but I’m all in when it comes to remembering, acknowledging, and savoring the gifts and goodnesses of our days.
I’ve thought a lot about celebration as a spiritual discipline lately and love how celebrating allows us to enter into God’s joy as we remember His faithfulness and goodness.
Throughout the Old Testament, God commands His people to celebrate feasts each year (feast of Unleavened Bread/Passover, Feast of Harvest, Feast of Ingathering) and the New Testament reiterates the value of celebration with commands to “Rejoice Always!” Jesus enters the world in jubilee as the angels tell the shepherds, “I bring you good news of great joy” in Luke 2 and some of His last words before ascending to Heaven were recorded in John 15, “These things I have spoken to you that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” God’s great big rescue plan even culminates in celebration with the wedding feast of Christ with His bride the Church.
Artwork featured in a gallery is an honor, but celebrating small often looks more like affixing events, people, and moments to the refrigerator door like children’s artwork…often the most honoring space. Moments of significance are constantly happening, but so often we just pile them all away in a cluttered drawer or trash can instead of recognizing the beauty before us.
Celebrating small is my jam. I want to both honor the big things in small ways and highlight the small joys in big ways. In a not-so-celebratory season, it’s easy to stop celebrating, but I’m choosing to celebrate small, believing that celebration tethers me to God’s greater story that starts, ends, and is constantly filled with celebratory joy.
Blursday everyday has forced me into intentionality. I’m typically good at chasing the fun, but the fun is not really flying by like butterflies these days…the fun lies hidden like buried treasure. So I consider what would add joy and life to the moments and I chase that.
I eat my simple meal on my Oh Happy Day plate, no longer reserved for birthdays, engagements, or new jobs; I go hunting for wildflowers, butterflies, or my favorite bird with the bright blue and teal feathers; I wear my favorite pjs all day; I eat Cheerios; I hang streamers for our last staff meeting and twinkle lights just because; I cover my Christmas tree with lights and photographs; I try to grow plants and nurture life; I write and read and learn; I tell my people they’re the best and try to share my deep affection for them; I watch sunsets and rainstorms and clouds that make shapes; I Marco Polo and text and porch sit with my people; I take bunny breaks and laugh with myself; I skip and run through the rain.
I’m celebrating the small moments with big joy and offering small gestures to honor the big milestones. I will celebrate small. Celebrate with me. Rejoice in the Lord always and celebrate good times, come on!