December 19, 2014

10 Easy Tips to Use Technology to be Thankful

Thanksgiving is all about recognizing the blessings that we have in our lives. Many homes have a ritual on Thanksgiving day to go around the dinner table and say something that they are thankful for.

Here at ChurchTechToday, we want to help you use technology to take that dinner table concept and share what you have to be thankful for in a few new ways.

1.     40 Days of Facebook Thanksgiving: A new trend on Facebook has people taking 40 days to say what they are thankful for and post them every day on their Facebook status. Churches, bloggers, and ministries may want to consider joining this trend with their ministry’s Facebook page and share what they are thankful for with everyone else.

2.     TurkeyTwitter: The company TurkeyTwitter is taking all of the tweets with the hashtags #thanksgiving or #turkeytwitter and sharing them on their site. It even has a way for you to tweet with it beginning with “I’m thankful for…” and is promoting a season of Thanksgiving.

3.     Be Thankful and Funny: A hilarious video making company called JibJab came on the scenes a couple of years ago and has revolutionized ecards. The concept is simple: upload a photo of your face, pick out the video you want to send someone, add a few emails and a personalized message, and click send.  In minutes you can have a great Thanksgiving ecard to send to your family, friends, or congregation members.

4.     Sending Cards To Loved Ones: Using the iPhone or iPad Cards app (or Mobile Champs Greeting Cards for Android (Free)), you can take pictures of those you love, put together a postcard to thank them, and get it mailed out that very day. It costs $2.99 for each, but that is nothing compared to Hallmark cards that take time to go get, address, and mail it out. Perfect for pastors to send to volunteers or to instantly capture moments with loved ones on Thanksgiving day.

5.     Blogging Thanksgiving: Churches and bloggers can put together blog posts about being thankful for what God has done for their community and ministry. Take an extra bit of time to mention specific people that have impacted you this year and offer a prayer for those that read your posts.

6.     Collect Thanksgiving Online: You may want to collect Thanksgiving sentiments  from friends and family online and then share them with those that you know and love. Ask people to comment on a Facebook status update or email them to you. Churches may want to post them on the projector screen on Sunday for all to see. Families may want to print off a list to hand out to everyone that comes to a Thanksgiving dinner. Whatever the reason, share the thankfulness.

7.     Use Evernote To Organize: Evernote is always known for being able to organize your thoughts. Between today and Thanksgiving day, why not use it to make a list of things that you have been thankful for in your life up to that point. It is one thing to reflect on being thankful and a whole other process of writing it down in the moment when emotions and feelings are present.

8.     Messages of Thanksgiving on Social Media: Social media is a powerful tool and you have the ability to post Scriptures of thanksgiving to share with people. You can use Bufferapp or Hootsuite to put together a scheduled list of tweets and status updates to share even when you are home with your friends. Here are a few Scriptures to share: Psalm 28:7, 1 Chronicles 16:8, Colossians 2:6-7, Ephesians 5:3-4, and 1 Timothy 4:4-5.

9.     Create A Slideshow of Love: Use the photos of the year that you have taken, the moments that you have enjoyed, and loved ones you lost and gained. Websites like Roxio’s Photoshow or Animoto allow you to upload photos and videos to automatically make a slideshow to have at the next family gathering or at church.

10.Videos for Missionaries and Soldiers: With the video camera on your smartphone, it is not hard to put together a quick video to say thanks to specific people. It would not need to be edited and can be emailed or posted on to the people’s Facebook page. Not sure who to write to? Send a quick video from your church to the missionaries you support. Maybe you have a loved one in the military? Share a moment of gratitude for what they are doing for our nation. Let them all know you are praying and continuing to think of them.

What tip to use technology to be thankful would you include to this list?

 

About the author  ⁄ Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith has been a blogger for three years at seventy8 Productions and is a frequent contributor for ChurchTechToday. He has a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering, Master's in Family Ministry, and has been doing youth ministry for ten years in two different ministries.

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