J. C. Penny – The Man That Would Not Quit But Had Faith!

There was a man one time that had nothing but an ideal. Born to a poor family not much worldly goods but a praying mother and father. His father was a minister living in Missouri.
Growing up he wanted to become a barber but his business failed.

J.C. Penney opened his chain of “The Golden Rule” stores in 1907. Three years later, his first wife died. In 1913, he incorporated as the J.C. Penney Company. In 1923, his second wife died giving birth to their son and six years later, in 1929, the stock market crashed and he lost millions.

By 1932, J.C. Penney had sold almost everything he had to satisfy creditors and was financially and emotionally broken. Devastated and crushed by the circumstances surrounding him and, due to failing health, he wound up in a sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan.

One morning, he overheard the singing of employees who’d gathered to start the day with God. The song they were singing was, “God Will Take Care of You.” He heard these lines:“Be not dismayed, what’er betide, God will take care of you . . .” J.C. walked closer to the singing and sat in the back listening.

A short time later, J.C. Penney left the sanatorium a changed man. And, at the age of 56, began the climb back to the top. By the time 1951 arrived, there was a J.C. Penney store in every state and sales surpassed the one billion mark.

What was the key? He put his trust in the Lord and learned when he was down and out the importance of giving to the Lord, tithing. He knew that he had tried it his way, now he would try it God’s way. By the time J.C. Penny died he was giving to God 90 percent of his income.
    • God’s way brought him out ready to lose his mind.
    • God’s way gave him direction.
    • God’s way gave him Hope
    • God will provide for you in the time of Crisis.

Trusting God by taking what little you have and putting it into His hands shows God TOTAL TRUST. Then He can take that little and perform a miracle like He did with the loaves and fishes just because you put it in His hands. It’s safer in His hands than in Wall Street. Shalom!

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