Wednesday, April 14

You Can't Out-Give God

On this day in 1902, James Cash Penney (1875-1971) opened his first dry goods store in Kemmerer, Wyoming. His life credo was, “You can’t out-give God.” He proved it by building a multi-million dollar commercial empire while always giving away ninety-percent of his personal income to Christian evangelistic and charitable work. Ninety-percent!


Unknown said...

That is amazing! I can't find a source for this... can you point me in the right direction?

gileskirk said...

Austin: There are innumerable anecdotal retellings of this story, but my source is the official biography by Mary Elizabeth Curry.

Amy said...

His name was really Cash Penney...and he gave away his money? That's some fun providential naming right there!