2019-10-15 - What Can We Learn from Truett Cathy?
Modern Saints Series
Truett Cathy ~ Deceased 2015
Living for over 20 years in the county where Cathy grew up, we learned a lot about him. For those who do not know, he founded the chain of Chick Filet, Dwarf House and Truett's restaurants. The thing that stayed with me the best was some "sage' business advice that he rejected, early on in his career. Truett was a devoted Bible-studying, churchgoing Christian who applied Biblical wisdom and answers to every aspect of his life. There were no "separate compartments" for him. He strongly believed every sentence in the Bible. And one of those sentences instructed him to not work on the Sabbath.
Exodus 20:8-11 (NASB) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who [e]stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
For him, the Sabbath was Sunday. And for him, that meant that his restaurants would never be open on Sundays, because he wasn't going to be responsible for his employees working on Sundays. And they never have. They have served disaster victims on Sundays, but they have never worked for money in the restaurants on Sundays.
Truett had been mocked for his "Closed on Sunday" policy, and was warned that his business would fail because of that policy. But Truett wasn't going to violate his beliefs, regardless. If he failed, he failed, but he stood true to God's word. And contrary to the warnings, his business now generates over six billion dollars of sales each year.
But the late Truett was not a greedy man. The capitalist spent much of his money on others. He was known for helping young people with troubled lives, disaster victims, buying brand-new cars for people in need etc.
So what do we learn from him? Not "Do right and God will make you rich." That isn't what Truett was about. Rather, he would want us to learn that when you have no idea how things will turn out, you still should do the right thing. And we learn that when God does prosper you materially, you should share that with those in need.
The world was definitely a better place for Truett being in it.Author's Note: With this devotional, we begin a series on "Modern Saints." In one sense, everyone who is a Christian is a saint, because we are all saved and our sins are "made white as snow" by Christ's sacrifice for us. But my series will refer to those covered by the Webster dictionary definition: a person who is very good, kind, or patient, and who is usually well-known.
Janice P. Moser
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