As the days and weeks went by, Otha’s penny collection was becoming almost too big to handle and was taking up a lot of space in his home. His penny pile was becoming the center of his day. It was all he could think about.
He often found himself walking down the street with his head bowed hoping to find more and more copper companions. What could be better than being accompanied by a godsend coin?
Never Losing His Way
Anders said, "I became convinced that spotting a lost or dropped penny was an additional God-given incentive reminding me to always be thankful. There have been days when I failed to pray, and more often than not, a lost or dropped penny would show up to remind me."
The new obsession turned into the main part of his life and took up more time than what he or his wife ever planned.
The Word of the Almighty
When we think about it, lost pennies come our way almost every day and most of us ignore them. Anders had his eyes and ears wide open and was able to hear and presumably listen to the word of God through them.
You never know, how much money could we have saved if we had picked up every lost penny that came our way? Maybe it was the almighty's intention for us to be millionaires after all?
He kept every single penny he had and stopped using them altogether. He would break up one-dollar notes just so he could add them to his collection, and when he purchased something, he asked specifically for penny coins back in change. If that wasn't enough, all change received had to have at least three pennies. No less would do.
His family and friends were getting used to this compulsive behavior but never thought too much of it. It was known to everyone by then that Otha had an obsession. Luckily, it was a cheap one.
Everyone Chipped In
"If I was at someone’s house and I found a penny, I would pick it up and I would keep it, I will always tell the person that if it was a quarter, I would give it back, but since it is a penny, I’m keeping it,” Anders said. He was honest and was aware of his fanatic ways.
Over the years, Anders was getting a little concerned. Not because of his behavior but because of the lack of storage space. The pennies were everywhere.