Every now and then we get asked what the “0323” is on our business cards and on our soy candle labels

I love when people notice this because it shows they pay attention to the little details. Sometimes those little details have a much bigger meaning than excepted. Colossians 3:23 is where this little detail comes from. Like a lot of things I feel like the Lord just put this Bible verse right in front of our eyes, before opening the general store.

Colossians 3:23 New International Version (NIV)

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Since the Lord has called Michael into woodworking and us owning our small business I truly feel like we have put our entire souls into this business.  We work so hard and try to go above and beyond. I have always been told if you are going to do something then do it with all you have and all you got. Don’t ever halfway do it. I find this so fitting for our little family business because this is exactly what we do.

However on the flip side I have always said this business will not be the only thing that defines us. There are far too many other important things in life than to get caught up in our daily work. I don’t want to be so wrapped up in our work and business that we miss the whole meaning of life. I don’t want to be so glued to our jobs that we can’t see what is around us and we lose the meaning of our faith, family and friends.  I also believe we can use our every day work routines to grow His kingdom and spread His word.

I also love this verse because I have always been a people pleaser, I hate to admit it but I do like to make people happy. I hate when people are disappointed in me, I think this is just the human in me. However it’s not about trying to please everyone, it’s about trying to work for the Lord and do His will and purpose. Not everyone will understand what you are doing but if you are in the center of God’s will then it truly doesn’t matter if everyone or ANYONE agrees with you. I pray we stay on this path, instead of working and pleasing others, we focus on the Lord and what is pleasing in His eyes.

Just the other day I came across the Amplified Bible version, which I love.

So now you know, if you ever get one of our business cards or if you ever purchase a candle you will know the meaning behind 0323

From our barn to yours…




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