7 Ways to Redeem Your Cell Phone

September 30, 2016

Recently, I saw a statistic that said Americans now spend 4.7 hours a day using their cell phones!  That's roughly a third of the day using that little mobile device!*

What are we doing with all this time?  

Most people that I see on cell phones are not actually talking to someone.  I assume they're texting, facebooking, tweeting, snapchatting, and the like.  Do people actually write term papers and sermons on their phones now?  I know it's possible, but I doubt most are doing such important work.

The Scripture is clear when it comes to our time:
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph. 5:15 nkjv

How do we redeem or buy back all this time we're flitting away on our cell phones?

While we could take drastic measures (throw it in the lake, run over it with car, flush it down the toilet), well, you get the picture.  I think there is a better way.

Here are 7 ways to Redeem Your Cellphone:

1. Download YouVersion and begin a Bible Reading Plan

You probably already have this app on your phone, anyway.  Spend a few minutes checking out the great plans that they have available.  They range from a few days to all year.  This is such a better use of time than taking another selfie.

2. Download some Bible Devotional Apps 

Right now I have devotionals from Charles Spurgeon, FB Meyer, Our Daily Bread and many more on my phone.

3. Download some Bible Commentaries or Bible Study Software

Logos, WordSearch, E Sword, Matthew Henry, and others.  When waiting in line to pick up the kids from school you can get some serious study done for your sermon.

4. Use a Scripture Memory Program

I currently use the free version of Scripture Typer, but I'm sure there are other options out there.

5. Put your Prayer List on Your Phone

You can use a fancy prayer list app like Prayer Notebook or just put it in Evernote or even your notes app.

6. Text an encouraging word or Scripture to a friend

This is a quick way to lift someone up.  It only takes a moment, but it can have an eternal impact.

7. Use all that time on Facebook, Twitter, and the like as Prayer Prompts

Why not use social media as a giant prayer list? As you scroll through the feeds pray for your friends.  Believe me, you'll never run out of things to pray about when using social media sites.

I hope this list will inspire you to redeem the time and use this wonderful tool of technology to glorify God.

Do you have more ideas as to how to redeem the time while online?  Share them in the comments section below.  I'd love to hear from you.


Note: while some apps are specific to either Apple or Android devices, I think you'll find plenty of options if you spend just a little of that 4.7 hours investigating! 

Next time I plan on sharing some ways to use your cellphone to make you more productive and efficient in your ministry.

*Statistic mentioned in a Sunday School Student Book by LifeWay


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