What do Henry Ford, Robert Fulton, Eli Whitney, and Paul Revere have in common? The answer is so obvious! They all were clock makers at one point in their lives. Levi Hutchins made the first modern alarm clock in 1787. Fastidious by nature, Hutchins fashioned a mechanical ringing bell clock so that he could arrive punctually at work each morning. He never bothered to patent or mass-produce his invention, which only went off at 4:00 a.m. Leonardo de Vinci invented and used an alarm clock in which water flowed in a thin stream from one receptacle to another.

Greek mathematician and scientist Heron of Alexandria invented a water clock during the reign of Alexander the Great. Its purpose was to limit the time a lawyer could speak in court.

We have a had a tremendous fascination with time for centuries. The average American owns 3.7 watches. Did you know the average person looks at a watch or clock 452 times a day? On Sunday mornings at church, the number doubles. We always want to know the time. But God says, “No one knows the time when Jesus will return.” Instead of looking at your watch, just be ready!

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