I had the awesome privilege of having lunch with Kelly today…alone! Do you realize how rare that is? Claire is still in high school and cannot yet drive and even though our two oldest children are grown and out of the house, we seem to spend a great deal of time with them during the week. I don’t mind this at all. But when Kelly and I can grab some”alone” time, we do.
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For our lunch date, we chose Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A restaurants have flowers on the table and service with a smile. It’s almost like a fancy restaurant. I can get the char-grilled sandwich (to stay on my diet) and Kelly can get his favorite — the original Chick-fil-A sandwich.
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If you don’t know the story behind Chick-fil-A, you should check out the life story of S. Truett Cathy, the founder of the restaurant. Besides inventing the fried chicken fillet sandwich, he was a Christian and made sure that his employees were kind and customer service-friendly. It was his earnest desire to have a quality product sold in a restaurant that allowed his employees to attend church on Sundays if they so desired. That’s why all Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sunday. His son, Don, is the current President and CEO of Chick-fil-A and they still carry out Truett’s wishes to this day.
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Today, the lunch crowd was busy and we had to wait for a booth, along with a few other customers. When we finally sat down, I looked around at the families with little children who were seated around us. As is our practice always, we took each other’s hands and bowed our head for grace. The amazing thing I saw when I opened my eyes, was that almost every family around us was doing the same thing!
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I first thought of the song “I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel” by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. In fact, I couldn’t wait to get home and write this post. But somewhere between Chick-fil-A and home, our gospel radio station played “Take Up Your Cross” (by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir). It moved my spirit in such a way that I knew it was a “God-incidence.” I knew I had my song for today.
I love the words to its chorus:
Take up your cross and follow Jesus.
Take up your cross, everyday.
Don’t be ashamed to say that you know Him.
Count the cost. Take up your cross and follow Him.
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Let me encourage you to bow for grace when you’re eating out. It’s a way to show that you aren’t ashamed of the gospel and that you do take up the cross of Christ daily. And you just never know who will be watching or who you’ll influence.
TAKE UP YOUR CROSS (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)