Owen and Victoria {An Unexpected Gift}

Her name is Victoria.  She’s a 20-something gal that works at our local Walmart.  Owen met her as he searched for a school binder.

(He’d seen a classmate with the perfect binder – he’s a very organized guy – and decided this particular binder was the one to make his system happen.)

He goes with a friend to the office supply store then to Walmart, searching aisle after aisle with no luck.  As a last resort, he describes the binder to a Walmart associated named Victoria.

She knows EXACTLY which binder he’s hunting.

No binders like the one he’s describing on the shelf, so Victoria begins opening boxes of stock, looking high and low for Owen’s must-have, back-to-school tool.   To say Victoria is helpful is a huge understatement.  She’s going way above and beyond to help my kiddo.

But nothing.

Finally, she asks Owen: Do you like blue?  Of course!  He was hoping for a blue one!

She kindly says…I bought this binder in blue a few weeks ago, and I’ve not used it yet.  You can have it.  I work tomorrow from 8-4.  Stop by anytime, and I’ll have it for you.

Victoria won’t take no for an answer. She insists.  Owen should have the binder.

Owen is overjoyed.  The perfect binder! {Actually, I can’t express how much this binder-giving means to Owen. He tells everyone the story and lights up more each time.}

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He comes home telling and retelling the story of Victoria and the binder.  I suggest he pray for her each time he begins the school day and sees the binder.  My friend, who is heading to Walmart the next day to get the binder, suggests he write a thank you note for her to take.

Owen writes…

Hi, thank you so much for the binder.  I already have a previous binder but it is very torn up. (Stinken kids threw it around the classroom.) I would also like to thank  you for going out of your way just to try and find me the specific binder I wanted.  You really didn’t have to give me this binder but I really do mean it when I say thank you for the binder.  Here is $15 for the binder and your troubles just to try and find that specific binder. Once again, thank you SOOOO much  for this binder and I will treat it well. Sincerely, Owen Farish

He draws himself holding the binder and adds Thank You’s on the cover and back.

I look at the card.  Thankful for Victoria and the lessons about selflessness, kindness, and generosity she taught Owen…and me.

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I don’t know Victoria. But something about her exchange with Owen reminded me of a story found in both Luke and Mark.

Just then he [Jesus] looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!” Luke 21: 1-4

The widow and Victoria…

Are unnoticeable.  (I rarely notice the people working in a store and the rich at the temple paid the widow no mind.)

Gave what they had to give.  (Time, effort, kindness, a binder.)

Gave more than the rich in Jesus’ eyes. (Both were all in, offering what they had to give.)

Gave sacrificially. ( I don’t know how much spare change Victoria may or may not have…but I feel deeply that she gave sacrificially.  That $15 is much to her and that she had plans for the binder.  The two coins is most likely all the widow had.)

Gave freely without hope or expectation of gain. (What’s in it for Victoria? Nothing.  She didn’t expect payment or a note. I pray we all stop asking the question, What’s in it for me? Me included.)

Victoria’s outward actions revealed a generous and kind heart.

I wonder what my actions reveal…at Walmart, in my home, in my classroom, at a restaurant.  Am I making Jesus attractive to others? How do my actions evidence a heart that calls itself generous and loving?

I want to be more like Jesus…like Victoria.  A woman quietly and kindly loving others where she’s been planted.  Giving and serving as best she knows how.  A woman whose name means victory, one who embodies the highest level of beauty.

May our daily lives show we are His.  May serving Him and loving others become who we are. And they will know we are Jesus followers by our love.

Much love,


  1. Sarah,
    Anymore when I see you have posted, I first get a tissue and then begin to read. You have such a gift. Your writing, yes a great gift. Connecting your thoughts and life with Gods word is awesome. Always make me think & reflect. But the gift of MOM is what I see even more. A Godly mom who has done amazing with your children. Give yourself a pat on the back, a “Hey Sarah you are doing this right! “. Discipleship begins at home and your a great teacher! Have an amazing day! -Mary Ann

    • Thanks so much, Mary Ann for the encouragement. I am reading Jen Hatmaker’s book For the Love, and she says…Mostly good is good enough when parenting. And think it’s so true. Mommas are too hard on themselves. Mostly good is just fine. (Read the book! You’d LOVE it!)

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