I still remember my very first Chick-fil-A sandwich. I was sitting on a stone wall with a group of friends in Knoxville, TN. Someone provided lunch and I opened my bag to see a genuine Chick-fil-A sandwich. It only took one bite. Despite the fact that we were in a hurry and I was absolutely famished, I savored every last bit of the tasty hot chicken nestled inside that fresh crispy bun. Everyone else was impatiently moving on when I finished, but I looked around. Couldn’t I have just one more?
Life led me to Chicago and one day I end up craving a chicken sandwich. I hop on my computer and start searching for the nearest Chick-fil-A. To my utter disappointment, I discovered that the nearest location was across the border in Wisconsin, over an hour away! What a letdown. If time had allowed, I just might have traveled the entire distance . . . .
Imagine my excitement when I found out last week that Chick-fil-A was coming to Chicago! On top of that, my connections with a friend in Chicago allowed me to be part of their VIP gathering last Tuesday night! Important business leaders from all over Chicago were there, including many government officials. That didn’t stop Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy from being open and honest about how his business is based on the Bible and the wise advice that Solomon gives in Proverbs: “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1).
I was honored to receive my own personal copy of Mr. Truett Cathy’s book, “How did you do it, Truett?” It’s a quick and fun read. By the time you get to the end of the book, you realize that he didn’t do it and his statement in the preface rings true, “Truett, you didn’t do it. God did it, along with high-quality people at Chick-fil-A who have great ideas and work extremely hard to make the business successful, and our loyal fans, who are just as important to our success.” (Loyal fans? That includes me!)
eHow claims that “of all the fast food restaurants out there, Chick-fil-A is one of the easiest places to eat healthy at.” And, sure enough, Yahoo! Health gives them the highest grade of any other fast-food restaurant with the statement that “Chick-fil-A excels in every category we tested for.” Even better than that, though, is the healthy, friendly, wholesome atmosphere I’ve experienced every time I’ve walked into one of their stores.
What really impresses me about Chick-fil-A is their commitment to Biblical principles. And they don’t hide it, either. Can you think of any other multibillion-dollar restaurant chain that is closed on Sundays so that their employees can “spend time with family or friends, or in a place of worship”? Here is the official Chick-fil-A Corporate Purpose:
To glorify God by being a faithful
steward of all that is entrusted to us.
To have a positive influence on all
who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.
Now that’s a purpose worth living for.