J.C. Penney was a man of advanced years before he committed his life fully to Jesus Christ. He was a good man, honest, but primarily interested in becoming a success and making money. “When I worked for six dollars a week at Joslin’s Dry Goods Store back in Denver,” he confessed as he looked back on his life, “it was my ambition, in the sense of wealth in money, to be worth one hundred thousand dollars. When I reached that goal I felt a certain temporary satisfaction, but it soon wore off and my sights were set on becoming worth a million dollars.” Mr. and Mrs. Penney worked hard to expand the business; but one day Mrs. Penney caught cold and pneumonia developed, which claimed her life. It was then that J. C. Penney realized having money was a poor substitute for the real purposes in living. “When she died,” he said, “my world crashed about me. To build a business, to make…
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