Thinking Thumb

Odd title for a blog post – I know.  It was a two-word phrase that Dr. Jim Ozier used with us last weekend during our training session.  More and more people are using their thumbs to communicate – but not in the Roman arena sense.  They are doing so through texting, Facebook posts, and Twitter.  Their vehicle of choice – the smart phone, tablet or iPod touch.

I heard an interesting comment yesterday at our boundaries training event.  Most conversations happen at a pace of about 150-200 words spoken per minute.  And it usually takes us a while to get to the point of shaping a shared opinion.  People who think thumb and pay attention to thumb can have their opinion shaped by 140 characters or less.

In the blogosphere and twitterverse you can post something in a short form and dramatically change people’s minds about a person, place, or topic.  It is happening everyday at school, work, and in the news and political arenas.

So what if Jesus blogged, posted on Facebook or used Twitter – what would he say with only a 140 characters?

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.”  These are his words from Matthew 22 (NIV) – Without the quotation marks it is 120 characters.  If Jesus had to think and act thumb – I would say that this might come across my news feed, Twitter message or as a blog entry from the savior of the world.

I wonder how many times a day it would go out as a mass text to the world?  I could imagine it showing up on my smart phone every hour, or half hour, or every 15 minutes – ok…every minute or so.  That’s how much we need to be reminded of the heart of the gospel message – everything should revolve around God and each other.

The most powerful 120 character message that I can think of – got anything better?

In closing I wonder this – what other ways do we need to “think thumb” at North Star?  If there is a whole generation who communicates this way, isn’t it time for us to adapt to the Google world instead of trying to get everyone to come back to the Guttenberg past?

The second question is food for thought – the first question really requires your response.  How can we improve the use of technology in a meaningful way so that we might more effectively share the gospel story with new generations?

I eagerly await your replies and in the meantime – blessings for the journey!

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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