June was one heck of a month for me. I had major lows like the Charleston shooting, church burnings, and the passing of my father in law, but also great highs like landmark Supreme Court decisions, traveling to Turks and Caicos with my family, and hearing Lecrae speak at the Blogging While Brown Conference in Austin, Texas.
Through it all, I stayed connected to my family, friends, and faith using technology. We shared news and updates on Charleston on Twitter and celebrated milestones and personal triumphs on Facebook. I used apps like Pandora to provide an inspirational soundtrack, and my Bible app to find comforting passages while traveling from Washington, DC to Turks and Caicos, Texas to Delaware, and back again.
The way people are experiencing inspiration, at home or on the go, is changing dramatically. More and more of us are looking to technology and mobile devices to keep ourselves motivated and uplifted. Often, our devices are the bearers of devastating news that points to everything evil, corrupt, and morally bankrupt in the world. It can feel like our newsfeeds are constantly trying to make us lose faith and lose focus on what is good, what is right, and what inspired us to do better, be better, and live better, for our families, our families, friends, local and global communities.
That is why it is always an honor and a privilege to work with AT&T’s Inspired Mobility program. AT&T Inspired Mobility is a conversation about how people are using Internet and mobile technology to enhance their inspirational experience.
The program focuses on highlighting the ways we use mobile technology to stay inspired and uplifted, which is especially important in these turbulent times. These days our mobile decides can deliver so many disappointing messages that it can become overwhelming. To counter those messages, people are using Twitter to share sermon notes and scriptures, live streaming worship services, accessing apps for personal study, and making virtual contributions.
Check out how some of last year's Blogging While Brown attendees stayed inspired using mobile technology.
In a survey sponsored by AT&T*, 41% respondents said they use a mobile phone, tablet or laptop to connect to faith-based organizations or inspirational websites. About 32% of respondents said they regularly attend worship services, and of those, 32% said they use mobile devices during those services. Mobile technology has truly become part of our daily lives, not just six days a week for work, school, and leisure time, but on all seven days, including days of worship.
This year at Blogging While Brown, AT&T’s special guest was Lecrae, who shared so many meme worthy quotes that the attendees had Twitter abuzz with his words of wisdom.
He gave social media a much needed inspirational, motivational interlude, when so many have had their faith shaken. Lecrae is recording artist who is inspired by his faith to share uplifting and inspirational music. True to his beliefs, Lecrae is an artist that infuses his music, which has become part of mainstream popular culture, with themes such as inspiration, faith and honesty.
Check out these pinnable, tweetable, quotable, memeable, and shareable messages from Lecrae from Blogging While Brown in Austin Texas. Feel free to inspire your friends, family, co-workers, fans and followers using your tablet, computer, smart phone, or mobile device. These inspirational messages can help to keep them uplifted. You can print them for your cubicle at work, your refrigerator at home, or your vision board.
To continue the conversation, AT&T will host three Google+ Hangouts, each Hangout featuring a different technology and inspiration themed topic. Check this page again soon for information on the upcoming Google Hangout where panelists will discuss the future of faith and mobile technology.
Also, keep an eye out for Social Media Sunday, a day for people across the country to use their mobile devices to share words and visuals of hope and inspiration, hosted by AT&T.
Learn more about the Inspired Mobility campaign from the perspectives of AT&T's Blogger Correspondents at Blogging While Brown:
Join the conversation on Twitter. Follow @att and tweet using the hashtag #InspiredMobility.
*To learn more about Inspired Mobility and the research behind the program, visit