LOSS OF A GIANT
“A Good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1
The World is worse for the recent loss of Truett Cathy. If you are like me, Chic-fil-A and its founder Truett Cathy are more than just a fast food restaurant or a great sandwich. He showed that a principled man can be blessed in business while being a blessing others. When protested against, they offer free drinks to protesters. They give their employees a day of rest. They are different because Truett was different.
Some of his well-known quotes give some insight to his thinking:
“Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give something to someone else – our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.”
“I’d like to be remembered as one who kept my priorities in the right order. We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed, and the important things will not change if we keep our priorities in proper order.”
And what is said about him may say even more:
“What impresses me most about Truett Cathy is that he has had the courage to follow his beliefs even though he’s pressured by the world to do otherwise. Even though the business world said it didn’t make sense to take Sundays off, Truett insisted on a day of rest.” -Larry Julian Author, “God Is My CEO.”
“I hope that people will learn from Truett Cathy the virtues that have brought him remarkable success in life. He has dedicated himself to service in the broadest sense, following Christian principles, not only in his personal life, but in his relations with his customers and employees.” Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States.
The company reflects his generosity as well. Each year, $1.6 million is provided to help Chick-fil-A Team Members attend the colleges of their choice. Over the life of the program, Chick-fil-A has donated more than $30 million towards this purpose, helping more than 30,000 Team Members attend more than 500 different colleges and universities.
May your memory be a blessing.
Character still matters, y’all.