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May Our Faith Be Reflected in Our Work    September 10, 2014

Dear friends,

Truett Cathy passed away this week. I will never forget the first time I went into a
Chick-fil-A restaurant. We were on a youth mission trip to Florida in 2002.
Somewhere in Georgia we stopped to eat at Chic-fil-A and I learned it was not just
another fast food restaurant.

At a time when many in business were sacrificing morality and character to go
after profits, Truett Cathy, the man behind Chick-fil-A, held strong to his Christian
beliefs. He believed that there was no conflict between Biblical principles and good
business practices.

Truett never required his employees to become Christians but he made it clear
that the business decisions would be based on Biblical values. For example, all
1800 of his stores were closed on Sundays to give his employees a days of rest.

I love the company's purpose statement: "We will glorify God by being a faithful
steward of all that is entrusted to us. We will have a positive influence on all who
come in contact with Chick-fil-A" That is the way to run a business.

A lot has been said about corporate greed in recent years. Many companies make
their fortunes on the backs of their employees with practices that treat their
workers like objects. Customers are seen as targets. Truett looked at them all as
children of God.

I am sure he would be the first to admit that he wasn't perfect, but Truett Cathy's
life is a reminder that our faith is not meant to be lived only one day a week.  We
need to integrate our faith into our every day life.

We need to be the same person on Monday that we are in worship on Sunday
morning. Our work should be a reflection of who we are as a person and not a role
we play while we are on the clock. May we know the same success that Truett
Cathy knew as we live to the glory of God in all we do.

God bless! See you in church.  
Cal