Wednesday, December 28, 2011


By Jon McNaughton
"And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger."

There are so many things we take for granted that use in our daily life.  I read the scripture and wonder how quickly did the shepherds arrive at the manger?   They came with haste meaning that they didn't dawdle or waste time deciding if they should or shouldn't go.  But how did they get there?  How times have changed since then?

For today's gratitude challenge think about those inventions you are grateful for.

  • Electricity. How the world changed with the inventions harnessing electricity.
  • The printing press.  Don't know what life would be like without the written word or the word of God available to even the most humble of people.
  • Photography.  How far this has come from the pinhole cameras.
  • Computers.  This, too, is an invention that has come a long way.  It was once huge computers in specially cooled clean rooms that were capable of just doing simple computations to now with computers that can do a plethora of things all at once and can be held in the palm of our hands.
  • Airplanes.  An invention that had been dreamed of for such a long time to now be a major form of transportation of people all around the world.  
  • Automobiles.  Another major form of transportation that carries us to and fro.  Really the only time we think about them is when they don't function properly.
  • The telegraph which was the precursor to the telephone.   And where would we be without our cellular phones?
  • The concave and convex lenses which led to eyeglasses, microscopes, and telescopes.
  • Medical technology.  All the scientific inventions that have prolonged life cured some diseases, and eased pain and suffering.  I have witnessed and benefited from much of this technology and research.
  • Glass.  Probably the oldest invention on my list, but still one that has gone through many modern changes.  I can't imagine life without glass cooking wear, drinking glasses, windows, light bulbs, etc.  Not only is it functional it is also beautiful.  

What inventions could you not live without?  


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