“A good name is to be chosen over great wealth…” Proverbs 22:1
One of my daughters came home from school one day and told me about something that had happened at school. To my dismay, she had not handled the situation very well. We talked through different scenarios of how she could handle the situation better next time and also how to fix what had been done that day. At the end of the conversation, she said, “Mom, why do I have to make it right? No one else would.” My reply, “You are a Hensley…that’s why.” She turned to me and said, “It’s hard to be a Hensley.” I smiled and said, “It’s harder to be a follower of Christ. Let’s practice!”
I was asked to write about Truett Cathy and about my perspective and his legacy. The short story above is just a small way that Truett Cathy has impacted our home. His legacy to be H-A-P-P-Y and to say, “My pleasure” will forever be imprinted in who we are. Truett Cathy was our business partner for 6 years and Mike’s (my husband) CEO for the last 9 years. We have received so many blessings by being affiliated with Truett and the brand he created, called Chick-fil-A. That is how we know Truett, but the business is not why we mourn the loss of him.
His legacy for the Hensley family is that we have learned how to handle hard situations. “You treat others the way you want to be treated.” We have learned how to parent our children, “You have to be very careful about what you say. More importantly, you have to be very careful about what you do. You never know how or when you influence people-especially children.” We learned that it is “Better to Build Boys than Mend Men.” We watched him interact with everyone in all walks of life…he treated each and every one of them with honor, dignity and respect. We heard him make some business decisions and we listened to him walk away from buying things that we knew he could afford, but it was not a good deal. He was an amazing example of how and when to give…every day!!! He taught us to notice when people need to be encouraged… “if they are breathing!” His legacy for our family is endless.
But, as I remember Truett and I think about his life and how his life has impacted mine, I am gently reminded…Truett was obedient to Christ. He honored His heavenly father and he always remembered, “A good name is to be chosen over great wealth.” He always did the right thing. Not the popular thing, not the trendy thing, not what everyone thought he should….just the right thing; and the right thing for Truett was doing what God told him to do.
What legacy did Truett Cathy leave Stacey Hensley? He left the legacy of loving God more than anything else and doing what God asks me to do…all day, every day!
September 10, 2014
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