Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Sometimes we face situations and circumstances in our lives that make us feel as if there is no hope. But Jesus says, “Take heart! There’s hope!”
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 marked 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 sanitorium 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, whate’er betide, God will take care of you … ” J.C. walked closer to the singing and sat in the back listening.
Sometimes we face situations and circumstances in our lives that make us feel as if there is no hope for us.
A short time later, J.C. Penney left the sanitorium a changed man. And, at the age of 56, began the climb back to the top. By 1951, there was a J.C. Penney store in every state and sales surpassed the $1 billion mark.
You’ve heard the old saying, “A penny for your thoughts.” Well, next time you start thinking about how bad things are in your life, think of J.C. Penney and remember the words of Jesus, “Take heart! There’s hope!”
Psalm 147:11, “The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”
© 2016. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.