For 424 days and counting, my friend @MattSwaim has been starting his social media days with a “#gratefultweet“. His first online communication of the day over at Twitter states — in 140 characters or less — something for which he is grateful. Sometimes the blessings are simple, other times more profound. Regardless, they never cease to inspire and always remind me to count my own blessings too.
Somewhere around Matt’s day 30, I jumped into the #gratefultweet fray. For over a year now, I’ve been doing my best to make my first tweet of each day a prayer of gratitude.
I’ll admit to having missed a few days. I’ll also admit to having days where I feel anything but #grateful. And you know what? Those are the days when #gratefultweet makes the greatest difference. The simple reminder to stop and to realize how amazingly, awesomely, abundantly blessed I am at the start of each work day has fundamentally changed my prayer life.
If you’d like to learn more about the roots of Matt’s #gratefultweet “movement”, I highly recommend reading this wonderful article by Gretchen R. Crowe of the Catholic Herald. She kindly included a few of my remarks and some from my dear friend @Bego — also a devoted gratefultweeter — along with Matt’s to provide a great overview of this use of social media in the New Evangelization.
Are you on Twitter? Have you used it to share your faith? Be sure to drop your Twitter handle in the comments below so I can follow you! And find me @LisaHendey