Why Clocks Run Clockwise

Maybe you’ve never thought of this before, but why do clocks run clockwise? In baseball, racing and skating we go counterclockwise, so why not with clocks.

Before we had clocks, sundials were used to tell time. In the Northern Hemisphere, the shadows on those sundials moved in the direction we now call clockwise, so the first clocks mimicked this motion. Some have speculated that if the first clocks had been made in the southern hemisphere “clockwise” would mean the opposite direction.

Whatever direction we decide to engineer our clocks to run, time itself will only run in one direction- forward. No amount of engineering can change that. The only thing we can change about time is how well we put it to use.

God gives us many commands in Scripture that instruct us in the right use of our time. To prove it, try taking one chapter from the book of Proverbs today and seeing how many principles you can find that relate to wisely redeeming the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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