Lessons From Sundials

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With all the digital devices we have which can tell the time, there’s still nothing quite like a sundial.

Sundials, used since ancient times, were the very first clocks. Their faces are marked out with hour lines, and a projecting arm shows the time by the position of the shadow it casts on the face of the dial.

Sundials were, and still are, popular garden ornaments. They’re often placed on a pedestal in the centre of a flower bed as a focal point.

Most sundials include inscribed mottoes, either in Latin or English. These sayings are often wistful reflections on the passing of time and the brevity of life.

I think there are a few lessons we can learn from these mottoes, ones which jibe with Biblical counsel about making the most of our time.

Let’s look at a few of them…

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