Need a Phone Book?

All I was trying to do was get the telephone company to list my name correctly. When we moved a few years ago, we were assigned a new telephone number. The following year, my name was listed in the directory with the wrong middle initial. So I called seeking help. Apparently telephone companies only have a casual relationship to their directories. After a couple of extensive tries, I actually got through to a person who seemed sympathetic. So it was with anticipation I awaited the arrival of the directory. I was still listed the wrong way. I tried again. That next year they fixed the problem by not listing me at all!

I have not been listed in the directory for two years now. “Information” will tell you that we have a listed number—you just need to know how to spell my name and where I live to find me. I called again this past spring. So far, in the multiple kinds of telephone books that have been delivered this summer, I am nowhere to be found. Ever optimistic, I wait for this month’s edition.

Why do we even get so many different phone books? The answer has to do with the sale of classified ads and promotional coupons. And apparently some people still use a phone book a couple of times a year. The rule seems to be that you get two books for each phone line. That means we get eight directories at the church every time someone sells enough advertisements for another company to print a bunch of phone books. A phone book is inaccurate and out of date as soon as it is published. Millions of individuals and companies are moving to cell phones instead of land lines. Only wired phones are listed. In the not too distant future we may find ourselves with personal phone numbers that do not change.Today, everyone who wants to be found is listed on the internet, but it’s almost impossible for directories to make money on the internet. The telephone directory is becoming an endangered species through over population. It’s up to us to recycle these phone books–especially since I’m not in it.

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. De-clutter and recycle. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.

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