Jennifer Cooley Perrow, Shoreline, WA, USA
I don't need the news to tell me that times are tough. The economy is taking its toll on plenty of people I care about. Our family was impacted, too, so we are rethinking old habits, and thinking creatively about new ways to save money — and fresh ways to give more to those who need it.
As Christians, we are called to be good stewards of all that God has given us (time, money, talents) in ways that honor God and reflect his amazing generosity toward us. In addition to cutting our spending and looking for new ways to give, we're also working to cultivate attitudes of contentment, gratitude, and hope. While we don't have everything we want, we have far more than we need. And if, like the Apostle Paul, we can grasp the secret of true joy and contentment — well, then that truly is good news.
— Jennifer Cooley Perrow '90