The day I started this blog I was inspired to include the number 808 in my name. Numbers have always played a role in my life. The number three shows up five times in my direct line and reminds me of who I work for (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
If you tip the first number on its side, you have the symbol for infinity... ∞. This reminds me that the Creator has no beginning. The last number also represents the symbol for infinity when it is rotated 90 degrees. This shows that God has no end. He is the "Alpha and the Omega". The zero in the middle represents me. As long as I am included in "808" or "∞0∞", I am part of the universe and connected to the Creator. If I am "disconnected", my life is empty. By connecting, I become part of God's puzzle (see earlier post).
808 also represents the area code for Hawaii. This is the place where my wife found the ring I buried in the sand over twenty one years ago and said yes when I asked her to marry me. It is the place I dream about when I am facing a challenging day. Some of our most memorable family vacations have been in the 808 area code. I will always treasure the look on my mother's face when she saw Maui for the first time.
808 also represents the balance that I seek in my life. The 80 represents eighty days of work and the 8 represents the eight days off. This is an ideal that I strive for and I have a long way to go on this one.
808 is a target that I am sailing to in my personal, professional and spiritual life. At Zoom, we figured out that we can achieve more if we sail in one direction and speak with one voice. Seven captains doesn't cut it unless you like being docked in the harbor. One of my partners is part Hawaiian and he tells me the Zoom boat is sailing southwest (towards our goals and towards living our dreams).
In my spiritual life, 808 means being connected to God. Each of us has a choice to place our number in God's puzzle. Once our "number" is in the right spot, it begins to shine. It's value multiplies as it is connected to the other numbers in the puzzle. Some of the most famous "numbers" in the Bible started out so bad that God had to give them new "numbers" or names. Paul was called Saul before his number was "converted". He needed to "see the light". Once his number was changed, he became one of the best-known followers of God and his writings make up a substantial part of the Bible.
What happens when God calls your number? Does He get a busy signal? Are you part of a party line? Is your number on the "Do not call list"? Maybe today is a good day to answer the call. He wants you to be connected. Once you answer the call, your number will begin to shine just like the song below by the "Newsboys". These guys are God's telemarketers and if you are looking for a new job, there will always be an opening in God's Kingdom. In fact, you are the only one uniquely qualified for the job that is waiting for you. You don't need references. He already knows every hair on your head and He doesn't care about your past. Yes, you are just the one He is looking for, just answer the phone when He calls. I think I hear your phone ringing...