“How many hours should we spend at our jobs?”

Running a business for the Lord can be challenging, but if you ask for God’s help and pay attention to his guidance and listen to his word, you soon see that all your efforts to be successful at work are in reality vain attempts at self-righteousness and trying to do it yourself. God sees it another way.

“It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”

Psalms 127:2

 When I purchased this business 31 years ago, I was working 60 to 70 hours a week trying to make it work. It is always a struggle to run a business, to keep control, to maintain a profit, just to survive. But is that wise? If you give too much in one area of your life, another more important area suffers. Your family suffers for your success. So what good is it if you strive for success and lose your family? It took a few years to change my schedule so that I could be home in the evening with my family. This changed everything and all seemed much better. But recently I have come to realize that I am still trying to force success and not rely on God for that success. I dedicated this business to Him when I purchased the business. This means, more importantly, that in truth, I dedicate myself to Him who owns this business, to manage it as wisely as I can. I don’t think I understood what dedication to God really meant. I was holding on as if I owned part of the business. I have been trying to force my own commitment to the business on others who work here. I am just now realizing that I have not let go and give the responsibility to God, even with our co-workers. I must teach that commitment to God instead of commitment to the business will bring the proper success to us all.

God’s words tell it for me now:

“Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord. As Long as I live I‘ll wholeheartedly obey. Make me walk along the right paths for I know how delightful they really are. Help me to prefer obedience to making money”

Psalm 119:33-36

Thank you

Bowling Refrigeration,

Michael D. Bowling, V.P.

Nanci Bowling, Pres.