Truett Cathy

Posted on June 13, 2011 
Filed Under Fathering, Life, Parenting

As we approach Father’s Day, I wanted to spotlight a man who works hard to build boys. (And in honor of the upcoming holiday, click here for more details about my Father’s Day contest!)

Truett Cathy is probably best known for his Chick-fil-A restaurants, and while I really like the food he helped make popular, I’m most appreciative of the work he does to help boys who face the prospect of growing up without a father.

Mr. Cathy has been mentoring youngsters for more than sixty years. He runs a camp and foster-care program designed to help give children of broken homes a second chance at life. It’s an inspiring effort! Boys are matched with mentors and father figures, and some are even placed in full-time Christian foster homes.

Many are given the opportunity to work side by side with Mr. Cathy on a beautiful farm in the rolling hills of Rome, Georgia. (Here’s a link to his WinShape Homes)

Truett Cathy is more than a nice guy with business savvy. He knows how boys think. Most important, he knows what they need: a father, or—at the very least—a strong male role model.

Mr. Cathy travels the country with a simple but strong message: You can make a difference! It’s better to build boys than to have to mend men.

If you’re a man just embarking on the fatherhood journey, I hope you’ll recognize the tremendous responsibility – and privilege – ahead. You’re preparing to build your son or daughter, a monumental task given today’s prevailing forces. But you CAN make a huge difference in that child’s life.

As we approach Father’s Day, grab onto the role God has entrusted you with, and give it your best. You work hard for your paycheck. You strive to win on the soccer field. You are a perfectionist when it comes to detailing your car. The child you have is far more important than any of those (temporal) things…and deserves everything you’ve got.

By the way, even if you don’t have children, or yours are grown and gone, consider being a mentor to a boy. I have some co-workers who are involved in Big Brothers, and they love it. Friends like Joe White are all about speaking into the lives of young men and calling them to a deeper faith (read about CrossBow here).

The bottom line: the next generation wants, yearns for, and needs us. We’d do well to follow Truett Cathy’s wonderful dedication to build into the lives of boys – and girls.