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#1 — To connect, I have to downsize
“If the goal is to revolutionize the world with our perspective, we must realize that that coming about by one person is a rarity. If anything, it’s often the death of an individual that inspires the masses. You will change the world through the ripple effect of being a good friend to those closest to you.” —Tristen Thomas
#2 — To fill my mind with good things
What about this danger? You said, “While you used to have to search out objectionable content, now it comes and finds you even if you’ve set up safeguards and filters. One little blip of an image is all it takes for a cascade of thoughts to follow.”
#3 — To use more of my time productively
“In taking the path of least resistance, we (as Neil Postman tragically put it) are amusing ourselves to death. Endless scrolling, clicking, and watching is shortening our attention spans, hindering our literacy, and stirring up restlessness.” —Tristen Thomas
#4 — To listen to the soundtrack of the world
“Instead of being wrapped up in my thoughts and the music that fed my dominant emotions, I suddenly had a holistic sense of the larger world I am living in. Wind, passing cars, and other people’s music bleeding through their car doors: a soundtrack hardly anyone listens to.” —Tristen Thomas
#5 — To connect with those around me
“There are infinitely complex people around you who each bear a snippet of what our Father in heaven is like. To experience this reality, we merely need to disconnect from the media and its channels and conquer our fear by reaching out.” —Tristen Thomas
#6 — To care for those around me
“By my junior year of high school, I was convinced I did not want to be a part of the dominant culture. I felt ignored and devalued by the excessive smartphone presence around me and did want that to be others’ experience when they interacted with me.” —Tristen Thomas
Still, social media platforms—just like anything else—can be used for good or evil, so a few recommendations.
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Rick launched this training network in 2008 to provide life-changing resources that equip Christians to help others. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).