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Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)
TITLE: To Dial Or Not To Dial
By Mrs A Morgan
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As I think back over the years when we first used the telephone, I can remember the time when I asked myself the question, should I dial or not. In those days, there were only rotary telephones. Further, there was one telephone company. There was not a choice of pulse or tone, no call waiting, call forwarding, caller I.D., a message to tell your caller that the line was busy, etc. There were no colors, sizes or shapes to choose from. The telephone was large, black and only had one feature, and that was you could dial it. I can even remember having an operator to dial the number for you; you could not do it yourself especially if you were calling another state. There were no area codes to dial, and reaching someone overseas was not heard of. As a matter of fact, it was a good thing that identify theft was not prevalent in those days. If you used your telephone at a certain time of the day, you experienced what was know as a “party line”.
You were able to here sometimes two or more persons talking at the same time as you. Unfortunately, they were not aware that you could hear all of their conversation. Often the conversations were very personal, you could easily acquire another persons name, address, telephone number, social security number and other pertinent information without them being aware. Sometimes I listen and I am quite sure that other persons who heard me on their party line listened to our conversations as well.
Thank God for technology, as I thought about this, I wondered how many times did I dial a number and someone else on their telephone heard my entire conversation. The very thought made me uncomfortable. Fortunately, for all of us this rarely happens now. Could you imagine, you were talking to your husband or wife and every private and personal word between you was overheard by someone else and you would never know it?
As I have grown in Christ, I know now that I should have never listed to other people’s conversation. The telephone can reveal a lot of information to us, but as we grow in our relation with God, it is my prayer that we respect each other’s privacy. The next time that you use your telephone, think about the advancements and enhancements that have improved our ability to contact our family and loved one and give God a Shout of Praise.
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