So I was driving from Dallas to Lubbock the other day and it just so happened to be on a Sunday. I’m a huge fan of Chick-Fil-A (a recent conversion) so I really wanted to find one and have some lunch. I found the nearest one in Abilene, TX and drove about 30 minutes out of the way (partly because I got lost) just to get a chicken sandwich. I was pretty surprised to find the parking lot completely empty until I saw a big sign that said “Closed on Sunday.” I’m ashamed to say that my first reaction to this was not positive, but after some reflection I decided that Chick-Fil-A is even COOLER than I initially thought. That’s pretty a gutsy move for a national restaurant to close its doors on Sunday. It flies in the face of logic, but I believe that Chick-Fil-A is better off because of that decision.
The Bible says in Exodus 20:8-11:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.
Individuals who choose to follow this commandment have a great advantage. They have more opportunities for family togetherness and weekend worship that their counterparts don’t have. These are essential ingredients for a successful career and a happy life.
Business owners that choose to close their doors on the Sabbath also yield great rewards. They have an opportunity to publicly display that following commandments are more important than extra profit. This attracts customers and employees who share your values and are very passionate about them. You will gain loyal customers and employees and create a lifelong referral base. Look at Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby. These companies have rabid followers and are growing year after year after year. They’re doing great in spite of being closed on Sundays (or is it BECAUSE they are closed on Sundays?)
Comments: What do you think? Agree/Disagree? Can you think of any other examples of businesses that benefit from being closed on Sundays?