Having a phone that never leaves our side has transformed the way we stay in touch: If our kids are in trouble, or our partner misses us, or our favorite sports team has scored, a notification lets us know instantly. But it means something else, too. We never get a moment’s peace. Every ping your phone emits is another distraction. You need to learn how to use your phone for good, not evil. Take control over your notifications. This piece from Wired.com shows the way.
How To Use Your Phone for Good, Not Evil:
Dwell: Have you tried listening to scripture? Explore Scripture through Playlists, Stories, Passages, and Plans. Explore Scripture through daily listening plans, topical playlists, curated stories & passages, and more. Choose from four genuine voices, each passionate about reading Scripture. Dwell provides original music by renowned composer Chad Lawson, composed exclusively for Scripture listening. The Dwell App is available for iOS or Android.
ChristAudio: Our simple idea is to teach Christians worldwide to meditate, so that everyone can live in more harmony with Jesus. The folks at ChristAudio believe there is nothing more important than looking after the health of the heart, soul, and mind. (Luke 10:27) Their mission is to get Christians everywhere to meditate according to scripture for a few minutes a day. When this simple activity is as common and familiar as having breakfast, they’ll have achieved our goal. Check out their free offering here.
Centering Prayer: The Centering Prayer mobile app supports one’s daily prayer practice. Beautiful, elegant and peaceful, the app includes an adjustable timer, as well as opening and closing prayer options that may be read before and after Centering Prayer. An assortment of sounds and backgrounds allow one to choose the type of environment for the prayer time. Brief instructions for learning Centering Prayer are also included. The free Contemplative Outreach app for Centering Prayer is available for iPhones and iPads and Android phones. (Spanish-language versions are also available.)
We hope these apps can make a difference, and, once you’ve broken free, you can help others. Tell them, “Here’s how to use your phone for good; not evil!”