December 30                                         Day 364

How Then Shall We Live?

Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life

 We dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves; but they that commend themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” – 2nd Corinthians 10:12

What Do You Set Your Clock By?


There is story about a watchmaker who lived at the turn of the 1900’s that set up his shop in a small village. This small village was unique in the fact that eighty percent of the men were employed at the local mill. After the watchmaker had opened up his little shop, he noticed that every single day since the opening, a gentleman would come by and pause for a moment, take out his pocket watch, adjust it very carefully by the clock in the window, put it back in his pocket, and then go on his way.

This went on for a period of weeks. Finally, out of curiosity, the watchmaker stopped him one morning and said to him, “I’ve noticed for the last of number of weeks now, you’ve come by, adjusted your watch, and gone on your way.” He continued, “Just out of curiosity, I was just wondering what exactly you do for a living that you pass by my little shop every morning and set your watch to start your day?”

The gentleman explained that he was the foreman down at the mill, and it was his responsibility to blow the whistle at lunch time. He went on to explain why it was so important that he have the correct time each day because not only does the whistle signify that it is time for the men to knock off from work for an hour, but that it was amazing how many people rely on this whistle to set their clocks by.

The watchmaker sort of smiled and chuckled to himself and said, “That’s interesting, ever since I’ve been in this village, I’ve been setting my clock according to your whistle.”

I think people tend to do this spiritually also. We look at others and compare ourselves. We adjust our way of thinking by their way of doing things, and the Bible says that if we do this, we are not wise, they that commend themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Always be mindful that others may be setting their clocks by what they see in you life. God made you a unique individual. Always remember that He views you from Eternal perspective and has a unique plan for your life. Do not be conformed to ways of this world that is passing away. Always make good use of your time and to be mindful of it for you do not know how much time you have. Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” This world is racing towards destruction. Do not be conformed to it. Set your clock to a higher calling in Jesus. the author and finisher of your faith.

Words to Think About…


Dr. Cotton Mather would express his regret after the departure of a visitor that had wasted his time, “I had rather have given him a handful of money than have been kept thus long out of my study.”

Queen Charlotte said, “I am always quarrelling with time: it is so short to do something and so long to do nothing.

John Bradford used to say, “I count an hour lost in which I have done no good by my pen or tongue.”

Seneca taught that time was the only thing of which it is a virtue to be covetous.