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Do Something Nice for Yourself Every Day – Rev. Margaret Marcuson

March 3, 2022

Here’s a radical idea for Lent: Don’t give anything up. Instead, add something positive to your life every day. It doesn’t have to be big. You could grab a bunch of grocery store daffodils. Or curl up with a comforting book for half an hour.

It’s been a tough two years. Most of the clergy I coach nowadays are exhausted. So are their laypeople. You’ve already sacrificed a lot, especially in your connections with other people. Don’t make it harder on yourself by giving up chocolate too.

Even if you’ve never done a traditional Lenten practice, consider taking this one on. Add a daily treat to your life as a spiritual practice. If this seems counterintuitive, remember that God loves you as much as anyone else. You might use these daily gifts to yourself as an opportunity to intentionally receive God’s love.

Here’s a radical idea for Lent: Don’t give anything up. Instead, add something positive to your life every day.

Some years ago after a difficult year, my Lenten practice was giving myself a daily treat. I didn’t feel up to giving up something. I felt a little guilty about treating myself for Lent. I thought that’s not what Lent is supposed to be about. However, as I prayerfully reflected on the idea, it drew me in. And as I walked through Lent that year, treating myself every day was a tiny thrill.

Here are 20 ideas. Some of them cost money, though not much, and over half of them are free.

1. Call your best friend.

2. Spend extra time with your pet.

3. Laugh for 10 seconds.

4. Buy flowers for yourself.

5. Sit down for 5 minutes.

6. Walk around the block.

7. Eat one cookie. Or buy an ice cream cone.

8. Hug someone.

9. Read a favorite poem.

10. Watch a sports highlights video.

11. Read a funny comic, old or new. Or find Looney Tunes on YouTube.

12. Watch one episode of your favorite new or old sitcom.

13. Get takeout from your favorite restaurant.

14. Look at photos of a great vacation.

15. Rent a streaming new-release movie.

16. Buy or make a childhood favorite treat. (I still love chocolate frosting on graham crackers.)

17. Spend half an hour in a local park.

18. Draw a picture.

19. Dig in the garden for 10 minutes.

20. Buy a beautiful card and mail it to yourself.

Traditionally, you can take a break from your Lenten practice on Sundays. In this case, I recommend you keep it up even on Sunday. Or, give yourself a bigger treat on Sunday. Make it a spiritual exercise by intentionally noticing what you are doing and fully enjoying it.

The year I started this Lenten practice, I felt readier than ever for my Easter celebration. I’ve found meaning in giving things up, whether chocolate, coffee, or recreational reading. However, this practice of self-nurturing was as spiritually valuable as any of my other Lenten observances. I’m doing it again this year.

Try this: Make your own list of 20 small things that could give you joy. Do them each twice, and there’s your 40 days of Lent. Then fully celebrate on Easter Sunday.

Rev. Margaret Marcuson helps ministers to do their work without wearing out or burning out, through ministry coaching, presentations, and online resources.

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Pillars of Say Something Nice Sunday

From the First Baptist Church of Charleston – August 31, 1791

We will be careful to conduct ourselves with uprightness and integrity, and in a peaceful and friendly manner, toward mankind in general, and toward Christians of all descriptions, in particular.

Unity in the Body of Christ – South Carolina Baptist Convention – 2007

Whereas Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”; and

Whereas we are reminded in Holy Scripture not to bear a grudge and to love one another (Leviticus 19:180; and

Whereas, Civility in public discourse (spoken and printed) appears to be declining among those of us who claim Jesus Christ as our savior; and

Whereas, in recognition of the negative effects that such behavior has on our wittiness; therefore, be it

Resolved, That we, the messengers of the South Carolina Baptist Convention meeting in Florence, South Carolina on November 13-14 2007, do proclaim our intent to foster a climate of Christian communication that brings honor to our Lord through encouragement and love, and be it finally

Resolved, that we encourage and support activities or programs that will help establish a positive dialogue, between Christians and with non-Christians that honors Christ.

The Catholic Diocese of Charleston – Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston – May 19, 2010

“Say Something Nice Sunday is a wonderful way to express our common love for each other as Christians. Our words should be used to express love not hatred. What better way can we express this belief than to celebrate a day devoted to healing with our words? I heartily endorse the mission of Say Something Nice Sunday and urge all Christians to participate. In 1 Corinthians 13:13, St. Paul tells us that the greatest virtue is love. What better way is there for Christians to express this virtue than to participate in Say Something Nice Sunday?

Cardinal Dolan of New York – March 29, 2011

“Say Something Nice Sunday certainly seems like a great idea to me. How wonderful it would be if all churches and their members decided to say something positive about other Christians and Christian groups at least one Sunday per year in recognition of our common belief in Christ.”

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Say Something Nice Day and Say Something Nice Sunday

June i, 2019 – is Say Something Nice Day. Greet everyone you meet with a smile and a warm greeting.

Proclamations have been issued by: The City of North Charleston, The City of Charleston, the City of Cayce, Charleston County, the City of Columbia, and Anaheim, California.

June 2, 2019 – is Say Something Nice Sunday.

There are free materials and a new set of devotionals at

Click on Messages/Resources at the top of the page. Then select Say Something Nice Sunday.

We urge everyone to join in and make this a wonderful day.

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June 5, 2016 Is Say Something Nice Sunday

iSt. John the Baptist
The purpose of Say Something Nice Sunday is very simple. On this one day do not say anything negative about any person, Christian organization or group and if possible say something nice, uplifting, and encouraging. What comes out of our mouths is reflective of what is in our hearts.

This is the 10th anniversary of our movement to change the downward spiral of our speech to speech that is more Christ-like. It is amazing how a kind word can make such a difference in someone’s life. People often respond with, “You don’t know how badly I needed that. I have had a terrible day.”

Rev. Garry Hollingsworth, Executive Director/Treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention said, “It is timely for you folks to encourage this kind of cooperation among God’s people since we face so many spiritual challenges in this state and our nation.”

scan0002.jpg BishopThe Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston (all of South Carolina,) enthusiastically endorsed the annual celebration. He said, “The decline of civility is at an epidemic level in our society and unfortunately has invaded our religious life. The disrespect shown to Christians by other Christians is far from what Jesus wants for His people.”

Rev. Marshall Blalock, pastor of First Baptist Church and a member of the committee, emphasizes, “In conversation, an attitude of grace dissolves the temptation to pre-judge the words or the reactions of another. Grace keeps us from being easily offended, and in a conversation on a difficult subject, you neither want to give or take offense. Our world has been divided long enough – let’s build relationships that can change it, starting right here.”

Free materials are at Click on Messages/Resources at the top of the page. Scroll down on the right to Say Something Nice Sunday. There are Bible references, devotionals, art work and the purpose.



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