As a substitute teacher, each summer I complete paperwork for school districts, renewing my status as a sub for the following year. The last several years I was unhappy with the task of filling out this paperwork because I felt I was resigning myself to a substandard job. That is, I wanted to be working as a contract classroom instructor, but had not landed a position after numerous interviews. I felt hurt and rejected. I was envious of those who landed teaching jobs in this tough economy.
But in the last year, there's been a paradigm shift. I now feel grateful that I'm able to pursue my passions of prayer and writing prime time, with the chance to work part-time in schools at my own pace. I am able to pray for people; to encourage them; to fan the flame of their giftedness through God's life and love. When I filled the paperwork out this time, I found myself smiling and enthusiastically agreeing to sub again.
Instead of "resigning" myself to what felt like a disappointing career, I "RE-SIGNED" – signed up again – with joy and enthusiasm, for this is what God has been calling me to do all along.