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Affluent Christian Investor | September 20, 2017

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Do You Save Pennies? Today a Sweet Lesson for Us All

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USA Today had a great story about Otha Anders of Ruston, LA who saved his first penny more than 45 years ago when he found it on the ground.

The coin reminded him to pray and give thanks.

“I became convinced that spotting a lost or dropped penny was an additional God-given incentive reminding me to always be thankful,” said Anders, 73. “There have been days where I failed to pray and more often than not, a lost or dropped penny would show up to remind me.”

Fifteen five-gallon plastic water jugs and half a million pennies later, Anders recently deposited $5,136.14 into his account to go toward a recent dental bill.

“I never allowed anyone to give me pennies without being compensated,” he said. “I wanted the inner satisfaction that God and I acquired this collection.”

Well, I have been inspired by this penny collector to see that lowly coin as a reminder to be thankful and to pray.  By his own words, he has been thankful to God more than 513,614 times in the past 45 years.  That means that almost 31 times a day, Otha Anders was praying and giving thanks.

I know the money helped him pay a dental bill, but I can guess that his prayer life is where he found the most value in each of those coins. So the next time you see a penny, let it remind you to be thankful.

 

Originally posted on Crown.

Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”

 

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