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Why We Stopped Going House to House for the Holidays

We hit a breaking point. We were so tired of rushing from house to house; we had truly begun to dread holidays. It was time to make a change for our family.

WATCH: Hobby Lobby Lights Up Mom Hearts With Viral Christmas Ad

Has Hobby Lobby entered the world of emotionally persuasive holiday short-form cinema? It would certainly seem so! And their Christmas ad effort is 100% geared toward what is undoubtedly their most loyal customer: busy (exhausted, out-of-time) moms.

“This Christmas I Want Food”: What These Foster Kids Want For Christmas Is Heartbreaking

None of them asked for this year’s hottest toy, or another video game to add to their collection. No, the children who filled out these tags listed their “innermost dreams”—things that should be part of everyone’s childhood.

Mom Is Rushing to Leave Target— But Then Her Daughter Spots a Cashier Doing Something Unusual

It was then that she realized there was more to this Target run than meets the eye. She was here, in this moment for a reason.

“She was standing next to the woman, watching the employee count the change,” wrote Sarah. “I realized I hadn’t been inconvenienced at all. That my daughter was instead witnessing kindness and patience and being taught this valuable lesson by a complete stranger; furthermore, I realized that I too needed a refresher on this lesson.”

As the woman finished up, the employee kindly greeted Sarah and thanked her for being patient. In return, she thanked him for teaching her and her daughter a lesson that they well never forget.

Though her time spent at Target was long overdue, Sarah began searching the store for a manager.

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“I wanted her to know of the employee’s, kindness and patience, and how much it meant to me,” she wrote. “After tracking her down and sharing the story with her, we left Target with a cart full of consumable items, but what is more a heart full of gratitude for such an invaluable lesson.”

What remarkable lessons we can learn at times when we least expect it. It often seems as though God shows up to nudge us with His “why we’re really here” reminders when we’re irritated, pressed for time, tired, or at the end of our ropes. But somehow, those are the kind that stick.

Sarah ended her heartwarming post in saying, “If you are ever in the Glendale Target, give Ishmael a smile and a nod. The world could use more people like him.”

Yes, we SURE could. Thanks, Ishmael, for teaching us that patience is a virtue we all could use a little more of as we serve the people around us…who matter so much more than the items in our grocery carts.

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

Why We Stopped Going House to House for the Holidays

We hit a breaking point. We were so tired of rushing from house to house; we had truly begun to dread holidays. It was time to make a change for our family.

WATCH: Hobby Lobby Lights Up Mom Hearts With Viral Christmas Ad

Has Hobby Lobby entered the world of emotionally persuasive holiday short-form cinema? It would certainly seem so! And their Christmas ad effort is 100% geared toward what is undoubtedly their most loyal customer: busy (exhausted, out-of-time) moms.

“This Christmas I Want Food”: What These Foster Kids Want For Christmas Is Heartbreaking

None of them asked for this year’s hottest toy, or another video game to add to their collection. No, the children who filled out these tags listed their “innermost dreams”—things that should be part of everyone’s childhood.